At the resorts of Egypt, an anomaly was also noticed that had previously frightened tourists in the Mediterranean Sea, primarily in Turkey: we are talking about the withdrawal of the sea. The “seasonal” low tide this year turned out to be so record-breaking that against the backdrop of the news about the earthquake in Turkey, local residents, tourists, including “recurrent” Russians, were sounding the alarm because of the departed sea. However, experts on the ground, including bloggers in Yandex.Zen, for example, note that everything is not so bad at all, the “records” of water withdrawal are still local, and local authorities urge not to panic. In particular, assuring the population that the risk of an earthquake in resorts is minimal.
“After all the upheavals in Turkey and Syria, many have noticed the extreme low tide in some regions – in the same Turkey, Israel, Cyprus, etc. Lately they have been writing about strong ebb tides here in Sharm. The point, of course, is not the ebb as such – the point is that the ebb is a harbinger of the onset of a tsunami or earthquake. And taking into account the latest news, you yourself understand… people react quite nervously to such information,” the blogger writes in the introduction.
From her words, specifically about the resort, information appeared that in some places in Sharm- el-Sheikh, the sea “left” by 5-10 meters, and many tourists confirm this. “Although locals admit that low tides happen regularly, this one still turned out to be a record holder,” notes the blogger.
However, according to the “locals”, everything is not so bad: the extreme values of the ebb still turned out to be local. On some beaches, the low tide is almost imperceptible, on some it is “within the normal range”, and in some places it really sets records. “The strongest low tides are in Nabq. There, the sea can really become noticeably shallow and become “ankle-deep”. But this is a temporary phenomenon,” says the blogger.
Further, she, in turn, reassures tourists that although due to recent earthquakes, faults could have formed in the earth's crust, where “excess” water has gone, this does not carry any special risks. “Specialists say that tsunamis are not directly related to ebbs, although ebbs may be one of the indirect signs – but the very mechanism of tsunami generation is different. So far, there is no reason to suspect that something like this will happen here,” the blogger noted.
She then cites official information from the Egyptian authorities. “The Cabinet of Ministers issued a statement that in the near future Egypt will not be subject to tsunamis and destructive natural phenomena. They cite data from the National Research Institute for Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG), which monitors the possibility of earthquakes through the national seismic network and denies that Egypt is in danger. The authorities urge people not to panic,” the blogger said. She also referred to the words of the head of the National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Amr Zakaria: in his opinion, the drop in the water level does not mean natural disasters. In his opinion, a strong ebb arose under the influence of an increase in atmospheric pressure in the region. “I want to believe that everything is so,” the blogger sums up.
Recall, in the meantime, a Russian woman living in Turkey showed a clear illustration of how much water has gone into the sea off the coast of Antalya. Off the coast of Mahmutlar beach, the water line has seriously shifted away from the former coastline in just three days, the Russian woman notes. Tourists are frightened by how shallow the sea is, but the locals are more calm, as they have already encountered this phenomenon more than once. Such phenomena are observed not only in Antalya. In the neighboring resort province of Mugla the other day the Aegean Sea receded immediately by 50 meters. The focus was on the town of Akyak between the two major resorts of the Aegean Sea – Bodrum and Marmaris. Read the details at this link. By the way, in the Egyptian Mediterranean – in particular, in Alexandria – shallowing was also noted.
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