January 04, 2005

It could happen here

cumbre-vieja-3David Isenberg summarizes a paper which describes one possible Atlantic Ocean tsunami. From the paper:

Geological evidence suggests that during a future eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano on the Island of La Palma [in the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean near Africa] may experience a catastrophic failure of its west flank, dropping 150 to 500 km3 of rock into the sea. Using a geologically reasonable estimate of landslide motion, we model tsunami waves produced by such a collapse.
Posted by jackhodgson at January 4, 2005 06:09 AM