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Caribbean faces threat of biggest tsunami ever recorded

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The Caribbean could be at risk from a mega-tsunami that scientists warn could devastate coastlines from Florida to Brazil following a volcanic eruption in the Canary Islands.

The monster wave generated by part of a mountain collapsing into the sea would be the biggest ever recorded and would be an unstoppable force, travelling at speeds of up to 500mph.

The massive wall of water would likely make first landfall on the West Saharan coast of Morocco, where the wave could measure as much as 330ft from trough to crest.

The greatest destruction was nevertheless expected in the built-up coastal areas of the Caribbean, Florida and Brazil, according to a new forecast by Dr Simon Day of the Benfield Greig Hazard Research Centre at University College London.

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LEFT: THE TSUNAMI’S PROBABLE TRAJECTORY WITHIN 5 HOURS OF THE COLLAPSE OF CUMBRE VIEJA. RIGHT: THE TSUNAMI’S POTENTIAL RANGE OF DESTRUCTION 9 HOURS AFTER THE COLLAPSE OF CUMBRE VIEJA. (CREDIT: POPULARMECHANICS.COM)

The tsunami could reach heights of 130ft to 164ft throughout the region and travel several miles inland, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

Earlier research by Dr Day had predicted that a future eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano in the Canary Islands was likely to cause the western flank of the mountain to slide into the sea.

Dr Day, working in conjunction with Dr Steven Ward of the University of California, has now produced an updated model that predicts more accurately the size of the tsunami and the areas it will impact.

The model predicts that after the landslide the tsunami would travel a distance of almost 155 miles in just 10 minutes and would reach the Caribbean and Florida in eight or nine hours.

The forecast goes on to predict that a wall of water 164ft high could smash into the coasts of the Caribbean and Florida, while Brazil’s northern coast could be hit by a wave more than 130ft high.

(Source: YouTube/National Geographic)

According to Dr Day: “The collapse will occur during some future eruption after days or weeks of precursory deformation and earthquakes.

“An effective earthquake monitoring system could provide advanced warning of a likely collapse and allow early emergency management organisations a valuable window of time in which to plan and respond.

“Eruptions of Cumbre Vieja occur at intervals of decades to a century or so and there may be a number of eruptions before its collapse. Although the year-to-year probability of a collapse is therefore low, the resulting tsunami would be a major disaster with indirect effects around the world.

“Cumbre Vieja needs to be monitored closely for any signs of impending volcanic activity and for the deformation that would precede collapse.”

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Comment by Ramona Kearns on August 28, 2014 at 5:29pm
God created the world, and man abused everything by being greedy and hateful.
Comment by Bombahdrop on May 24, 2014 at 1:02am
Something is gonna take the caribbeans out. Or should I say something bad should happen being that nobody values life only worship money and corruption. They Dont appreciate life. Jesus soon come.
Comment by Bombahdrop on May 17, 2014 at 5:08pm
Thank You Vaughn and mr1Stroke. Beautifully and Truthfully well said.
Comment by mr1stroke on May 12, 2014 at 3:43pm

@Roots aka TJ What De Ras careful now because they will think you are crazy, they actually think these things just happened lol by the way they are still looking for that plane

Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on May 11, 2014 at 1:15am
Hmmmmmm all of these predictions only means one thing. Which gov is going to create this tsunami
Comment by Cheamabeach on May 10, 2014 at 8:33pm

Lord we pray this doesn't happen! Amen.

Comment by vaughn mitchell on May 9, 2014 at 6:57pm

We destroy the planet God, gave us, ny drilling for oil, polluting the land, and it will pay us back in full.

Comment by K. LeBlanc on May 9, 2014 at 2:35am
Noooooooooooo
Comment by Carl on May 8, 2014 at 6:11pm
The Bible also say's there will be extraordinary events taking place on the planet in the end times. These events are just the precursor of worse to come....Revelations.
Comment by mr1stroke on May 8, 2014 at 5:21pm

@Cee Gee its not just a prediction, it happened before it will happen again, so take it as a warning, no one believe that hurricane sandy would happen in NY when you told New Yorkers they were laughing and that was not even that hard look how much people in NY cried, some people are still crying, now what if they were hit like New Orleans what would they do, so best believe the time is coming where pollution will be a big problem to the atmosphere 

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