Tsunamis trigger nice harm and devastation, as seen lately in Japan the place 15,000 died in 2011 with an earthquake of magnitude 9 producing waves 20 meters excessive.
A research revealed within the Geophysical Journal Worldwide suggests that a 1,000 km fault line on the northern finish of the Arabian Sea close to Pakistan poses an analogous menace and should trigger massive scale tsunamis.
The Makran Coast is a subduction zone, an space the place one of many earth’s tectonic plates is dragged beneath one other. This may trigger large faults referred to as “megathrusts”, resulting in excessive magnitude earthquakes within the space and trigger large tsunamis.
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A tsunami close to this space could have an effect on not solely Pakistan however India, Oman, Iran, the Maldives and different nations bordering the Indian Ocean. The final reported tsunami on this space was in November 1945 when greater than four,000 individuals perished in Southern Pakistan, inflicting devastation alongside the coasts of India and Oman.
Given the massive dangers of a tsunami on this space, the United Nations Instructional, Scientific and Cultural Group (UNESCO) has began a undertaking and offered funding. Iran has been a key participant on this undertaking and cooperated with UNESCO on a number of research on the Makran faultline and the results it may have on the Iranian coast.
To this point, Iran has been independently researching the matter similar to Pakistan, Oman, and India however now they’re becoming a member of forces to attain higher and extra correct outcomes.
A college member of the Nationwide Institute of Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences Iran, Mahmoud Reza Akbarpour, says that the undertaking shall be used to determine high-risk areas and zones alongside the Makran coast with establishments engaged on giving the primary warning, evacuating the realm, coping with a tsunami and its aftermath.