On Friday January 19, from 10:00 to noon, the Prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes will hold a “tsunami” alert exercise for the local population via the new information system “FR-Alert” which enables the broadcast of an alert message accompanied by an audible signal on mobile phones.

This system was recently used during the passage of storm Aline through the Alpes-Maritimes. The dissemination of this alert message on the French coast, carried out via the relay antennas of telephone operators, is likely to be picked up by residents of the Principality.

As this is a simple exercise, this alert message will not require a response or taking shelter. There is therefore no point in cluttering emergency lines 18 and 112 to obtain further information, the Monaco Government said on Tuesday, January 16.

Massive walls built to withstand a future tsunami obscure views of the ocean in the hard-hit coastal towns of Japan, which suffered a devastating tsunami 13 years ago. REUTERS/Issei Kato