There was panic recently in Fethiye when rumours of a tsunami caused locals to rush for higher ground – but history shows you’re more likely to be killed by a rogue wave in the United Kingdom than on the Mediterranean region.
After days of seismic activity and a magnitude 6.0 earthquake on June 10, worried Fethiye residents took to their cars and hit the motorways after news spread via mobile phones and social networks that a huge wave was imminent. Houses were abandoned and roads clogged with cars as people fled the coast.
However, authorities denied the rumours, telling locals there was no reason at all to panic. History tells us that Turkey has had just one tsunami, a two-metre wave that hit the shores of the Sea of Marmara in 1999, killing 10 people in the aftermath of the Izmit earthquake.
In fact, if you look back at history, you’ll see that the UK has suffered more tsunami damage than Turkey.
In 1607 an earthquake off the coast of Southern Ireland caused a tsunami which killed around 2000 people from Somerset to Cardiff. This natural disaster is the deadliest on record.
Other deadly European tsunamis in the last few hundred years include the one that hit Lisbon in after an earthquake in 1755, killing 60,000 and a 1908 wave in Messina, Italy, which killed more than 70,000.