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Posted by Richard Ruquist on October 5, 2000 11:55:27 UTC

There is a warning somewhere in the bible that people who live in coastal regions will be wiped out. Cannot remember where. But the following article from the new scientist suggests that it may be close at hand.


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NEW SCIENTIST WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
No 54, 7 October 2000

We`re not sure if or when it will happen, but we`ve a good idea what the
consequences will be. A giant wave will sweep across the Atlantic at the
speed of a jet airliner and a mighty wall of water 50 metres high will
hit the coast of North America, surging up to 20 kilometres inland and
engulfing everything in its path. Simon Day of the Benfield Greig Hazard
Research Centre at University College London has discovered that a huge
chunk of the volcano Cumbre Vieja, which forms the southern part of La
Palma, one of the Canary Islands, is unstable. Day predicts that if half
a trillion tonnes of rock slides into the ocean it will create a tsunami
wave far larger than any seen in history. The good news is that Cumbre
Vieja will not collapse spontaneously. It would take an eruption to
increase the likelihood of this happening. The bad news is that once
every few decades, the volcano erupts...
http://www.newscientist.com/nl/1007/drowning.html

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