A giant tsunami along the west coast has been very heavy on my heart for the last 24 hours, and then when I saw a new Fox News article about a simulation that was just run by officials in Washington state I knew that I had to write an article.
Experts at the Washington Department of Natural Resources decided to simulate what would happen if a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and what they discovered is really, really bad.
Such a seismic event would produce an absolutely massive tsunami, and the Fox News article says that waves “could reach Seattle in 2 hours and 20 minutes after an earthquake”.
And this is not just a hypothetical scenario that may or may not happen.
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A tsunami has killed 222 people and injured hundreds more in Indonesia on Sunday after the nearby Anak Krakatau volcano erupted, triggering underwater landslides.
From The Daily Mail:
The 20 foot high wave hit beaches around the Sunda Strait, between the islands of Java and Sumatra at about 9.30pm local time, destroying 500 houses, nine hotels, 60 food stalls and 350 boats.
Scientists say the tsunami was probably caused by the eruption of Anak Krakatau (child of Krakatoa), a volcanic island formed over years from the previous Krakatau volcano which erupted and killed 36,000 in 1883.
Undersea landslides from the eruption of Anak Krakatau – an island formed from previous blasts from Krakatoa – were recorded 24 minutes before the tsunami struck.
Dramatic video has emerged showing a pop band performing under a tent at a popular beach, when suddenly an enormous wave crashes through the event, sweeping away the stage, band members, and audience.
PALU, Indonesia (Reuters) – At least 384 people were killed, many swept away as giant waves crashed onto beaches, when a major earthquake and tsunami hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, authorities said on Saturday.
Hundreds of people had gathered for a festival on the beach in the city of Palu on Friday when waves as high as six meters (18 feet) smashed onshore at dusk, sweeping many to their deaths and destroying anything in their path. The tsunami followed a 7.5 magnitude earthquake.
“When the (tsunami) threat arose yesterday, people were still doing their activities on the beach and did not immediately run and they became victims,” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency BNPB said in a briefing in Jakarta.
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Could coastal towns in Britain really face the devastation unleashed by a tsunami? The risk is actually far higher than anyone realised, according to new research.
Geographers working in Shetland found evidence of two previously unknown tsunamis that hit the islands – hinting that the events are far more common than realised.
Previously, it had been believed that the devastation unleashed by the ‘Storegga Slide’, an underwater landslide off Norway 8,000 years ago, had been a near-unique event.
Sue Dawson from the University of Dundee said, ‘We found sands aged 5,000 and 1,500 years old at multiple locations in Shetland, up to 43ft above sea level.