Originally posted by ReutersThe bad news is that tens of millions of people along the eastern seaboard of the United States and Canada may drown if the slow slippage of a volcano off north Africa becomes a cataclysmic collapse.
But the good news is that the world is not likely to be destroyed by an asteroid any time soon.
Scientist Bill McGuire told a news conference on natural disasters Monday that some time in the next few thousand years the western flank of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma will collapse, sending walls of water 300 feet high racing across the Atlantic.
A chunk of the volcano the size of a small island began to slide into the ocean in 1949. There is almost no monitoring of the volcano, giving virtually no chance of any advance warning of another eruption which could trigger the catastrophe.....
....He said the giant tidal wave or Tsunami triggered by such a collapse would hit the other islands of the Spanish-owned Canaries within an hour and reach the north African coast within two hours.
Between seven and 10 hours later, waves scores of feet tall traveling at the speed of a jet plane would be swamping the Caribbean and crashing into the eastern seaboards of South and North America.
McGuire urged the governments of Spain and the United States to fund monitoring of the volcanically active La Palma -- a project he said could be achieved relatively cheaply.
Originally posted by Rhiannon Edward in The ScotsmanIf that happened, a giant tsunami up to 500 feet high would be sent racing across the Atlantic at the speed of a passenger jet. About nine hours later it would hit the Caribbean islands and the east coast of Canada and the United States.
After travelling 4,000 miles the wave would be lower and wider, but still between 60 and 160-ft high. Stretching for many miles, it would sweep up to 20 miles inland, destroying everything in its path. Boston, New York, Washington DC and Miami would be virtually wiped off the map and tens of millions of people killed.
#4 Posted on 10.8.04 1827.05 Reposted on: 10.8.11 1827.49
I think I agree with you there... I mean, there MUST be a way to stop it from happening. If we can collapse a sky-scraper in a controlled manner, there must be a way to do this in such a way that would stop any damage from happening...
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#5 Posted on 10.8.04 1938.35 Reposted on: 10.8.11 1941.39
What's funny is the fact that this joker thinks that we can evacuate the entire East Coast in an orderly manner. Hey pal, we can't keep the lines for a urinal orderly at halftime of a football game. How the hell can we evacuate 65-75 MILLION people?
#7 Posted on 10.8.04 2106.27 Reposted on: 10.8.11 2107.08
For some reason, if this were to occur, some nitwit will try to surf the tsunami. As for me near the coast, 2 hours to the mountains, and if all private property is going to get wiped out, I'll drive through every lawn on the way.
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#10 Posted on 15.8.04 2131.05 Reposted on: 15.8.11 2131.40
Originally posted by Eddie Famous"The bad news is that the entire world will be destroyed when the sun becomes a supernova.
The good news is that by then everyone reading this will have been long dead.
Actually, if I recall correctly, the prevailing logic is that our son isn't big enough to become a supernova. Our world will allegedly come to an end when our sun depletes its supply of hydrogen to such a degree that it becomes a red giant that will eventually envelop the entire inner solar system.
But long before the sun actually envelops the Earth, the planet's temperature will have altered enough from being closer to the sun that it will make the planet unsuitable for human life.
The good news is that this isn't scheduled to happen for a few hundred million years, and presumably by then we'll have colonized other planets.
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