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Thursday, December 30, 2004

An American tsunami?

There is a growing story that keeps reappearing out of the UK about the possibility of part of the Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma, one of the Canary Islands, falling into the sea and causing a giant wave to form that will inundate the Eastern shoreline of the United States. While it has some basis in fact there are some valid reasons why it is unlikely to occur. While I don't know enough about it to make a valid judgement, having stood at the bottom of a landslide and watched it happen , I can only agree with the writer that the block won't hit the water as one bit lump (generating the tsunami) but is more likely to slide in in bits. It does however depend on what drives it - and what type of soil it is. The reports suggest however that neither the volcanic type nor the soil are of a nature that will cause the size of disaster that is now starting to be predicted.

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