Lebanese rescue teams stand on high alert along the Byblos port during a response training exercise, Thursday, May 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
BEIRUT: A response training exercise aimed at dealing with a tsunami inflicting heavy casualties and structural damage was performed Thursday in the coastal city of Byblos, north of Beirut.
The simulation was coordinated by the Byblos municipality, the Lebanese Army, Internal Security Forces, Civil Defense, Lebanese Red cross, the Byblos qada disasters management cell and the qaemakam of Byblos.
The exercise simulates that a 7 degree earthquake strikes 200km from Lebanese coast causing a tsunami to arrive 20 minutes later.
The simulation first showed how the Civil defense and Red cross would work to evacuate local schools.
It then moved down to the sea shore where damage was simulated with boats pushed on shore and a damaged car as well as debris floating in the water and on land.
The Civil Defense forces and Army checked the seafront while the Army leadership coordinated from their command room.
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