We’ve just survived the Blood Moon, but there could well be another end of the world disaster on the horizon.
A huge tsunami, complete with a 1,000 foot wave may be coming to wipe us all out, with scientists discovering that a similar one occurred 73,000 years ago.
It took place after a collapse of a volcano on the Cape Verde Islands off west Africa, and in depressing news, if it happens again, we’re all f*cked.
Dr Ricardo Ramalho, lead scientist, from Columbia University in New York claimed:
Our point is that flank collapses can happen extremely fast and catastrophically, and therefore are capable of triggering giant tsunamis.Advertisement
They probably don’t happen very often. But we need to take this into account when we think about the hazard potential of these kinds of volcanic features.
Before you run off to the pub and drink away all your savings, Tsunami expert Professor Bill McGuire thinks that such events will only occur every 10,000 years.
The findings are in the Science Advances journal, and go into much more depth about what it takes to cause such a wave.
The tsunamis we’ve seen have been down to undersea earthquakes, and not volcanic collapses like in this case.
Let’s hope that if we can’t avoid tsunamis totally, we at least escape the ones caused by volcanic collapses, given, you know, they’re the ones that will wipe us all out.