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Are we ready for the next #megatsunami?

In W.P. Norton on October 4, 2015 at 1:37 pm

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An ancient volcanic collapse that caused an estimated 800-foot-high megatsunami has modern-day implications for humanity, according to a study published in today’s edition of the journal Science Advances.

The study examines a catastrophe triggered when an estimated 40 cubic miles of rock plunged from the eastern flank of a collapsing volcano in the Cape Verde islands off the Western coast of Africa some 73,000 years ago. It suggests that the partial collapse of the Fogo volcano happened in a flash, contradicting previous research findings that such events occur gradually.

Should humanity prepare for the next megatsunami? See my report in Science Recorder.

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