A TERRA TREME, an earthquake risk awareness exercise, will take place on Friday 15th November 2019 at 11.15 hrs, throughout the country.
This is a national exercise organised by the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC), which involves the community, for the purpose of creating awareness of the earthquake risk here in Portugal and importantly simple measures people can take, in case an earthquake strikes, which may save lives.
In 2018 around 700.000 people participated, including schools, businesses and individuals.
This year Safe Communities Portugal, ANEPC Faro District and Loulé Municipal Civil Protection will be at Mar Shopping Loulé, from 10.00 hrs onwards with information stand with information in Portuguese and English on preparation and self-protection for earthquakes.
Several regions of Portugal are particularly vulnerable to earthquakes, greater Lisbon and the Algarve, for example.
Everyone should therefore participate in some way. It only takes one minute by practicing the self-protection measure: DROP, COVER, HOLD-ON.
According to historical records, most of the earthquakes affecting Portugal (mainland) have anepicentre SW of the Iberian Peninsula (Gorringe bank) or in the Lower Tagus Valley. The most vulnerable areas are the Lisbon urban area and Algarve south. Major earthquakes occurred in 1531, 1755, 1909 and 1969.