Civil Defense personnel attend a tsunami drill in Byblos, Thursday, May 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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A response training exercise aimed at dealing with a hypothetical tsunami inflicting heavy casualties and structural damage was performed Thursday in the coastal city of Byblos, north of Beirut.Thursday's exercise simulated an earthquake measuring 7 on the Richter scale striking 200 km from the Lebanese coast and causing a tsunami to arrive 20 minutes later. Funded by the Swiss Development Agency through the UNDP, the training is part of a larger program run by UNDP's Disaster Risk Management Unit in coordination with the prime minister's office since 2010 .The Civil Defense forces and Army checked the seafront while the military leadership coordinated the efforts from its command room.Experts and officials who attended the drill said they were pleased with its results, citing large-scale coordination between the many agencies involved.The drill was the first tsunami response exercise in Lebanon's history, and a detailed evaluation on each agency's efforts will be released to the public in the coming weeks.
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