Brief description of the CCCM context in Lebanon

Lebanon is vulnerable to earthquakes due to an active plate boundary running along more than 1,200 km from Aqaba in the south to Antakia in Turkey in the north. A second major fault line running offshore from Lebanon’s coast poses an associated threat of tsunamis.

Should a major earthquake occur (over Richter 7), it would most directly affect the population of Lebanon’s coastline, comprising over 1 million people and more than 80 per cent of the national economy.

Twenty-three minor earthquakes occurred in various areas throughout Lebanon since early January 2012. The complexi-ty of a potential response is compounded by the current turmoil in Syria and movements across the border with Leba-non.