Posted by on June 4, 2018 8:00 pm
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Categories: Atlantic Ocean Collapse cumbre vieja east coast Emergency Preparedness Geology Headline News mega-tsunami Simon Day Steven N. Ward Tsunami United States US News Volcano Water World News

A future mega-tsunami is in the United States East Coast’s future.  When and just how big this tsunami could get, are still unknown, however, some scientists think they can predict what might cause such an event to occur.

Based on the sheer number of volcanoes ready to collapse or activate in some way in the Atlantic Ocean makes some think that a mega-tsunami for the East Coast is closing in.

According to research done, which focuses on the Cumbre Vieja volcano in the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, the volcano is nearing a collapse.  It continues to weaken, and at some point, it’s instability will see a chunk of the land mass still barely clinging on fall into the Atlantic Ocean.  The displacement of water would cause a devastating mega-tsunami to all but demolish the heavily populated East Coast of the United States.

According to the Abstract of the research done by Steven N. Ward with the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Simon Day, with Benfield Greig Hazard Research Centre, Department of Geological Sciences, University College, London, geological evidence suggests that during a future
eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano on the Island of La Palma may experience a catastrophic failure of its west flank.

This would cause the dropping of 150 to 500 cubic kilometers of rock into the sea. Using a geologically reasonable estimate of landslide motion, the researchers model tsunami waves produced by such a collapse. Waves generated by the run-out of a 500 km3 (150 km3) slide block at 100 m/s could transit the entire Atlantic Basin and arrive on the coasts of the Americas with 10-25 m (3-8 m) height.

So how does one prepare for a tsunami? Basically, you’ll need to get out of its way.  Preparing a way to quickly get away is going to be your first order of business.  Find several routes inland if possible in case certain ways become blocked and begin to move away from the coast as quickly as you can.  If you get caught in a traffic jam with other fleeing people, you will unlikely to make it in time.  You should also have many escape routes scouted out in case you get trapped.  Natural disasters often bring out the worst in some human beings and it will be important to be able to defend yourself if you need to.

A tsunami won’t last a very long time, thankfully, but if you return to a coastal home that no longer has power, you may need to rough it for awhile.  In that case, begin prepping by reading The Prepper’s Blueprint by Tess Pennington.  It’s a wonderfully done, easy to follow guide for those looking to begin preparing for any disaster but don’t know where to start.

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