Could The Volcanic Eruption In The Canary Islands Create A Giant Tsunami That Hits The East Coast?

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    This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The End of the American Dream. 

    For 20 years we have been warned that the eruption of a specific volcano in the Canary Islands could cause an absolutely massive tsunami in the Atlantic Ocean, and now that specific volcano in the Canary Islands is violently erupting.  But just because the Cumbre Vieja volcano is erupting, that does not necessarily mean that we will see a tsunami.

    In fact, a tsunami will only be generated if the western portion of the volcano collapses and an absolutely gigantic landslide is caused as a result.  In a worst-case scenario, a chunk of real estate the size of Manhattan would detach from the island and slide into the Atlantic Ocean with extreme violence, and the ensuing tsunami would cause death and destruction on a scale that is difficult to fathom.

    Needless to say, I will be watching these developments very carefully.  If you have read my last two books, then you already know that I have a particular interest in the potential for mega-tsunamis.

    Let us hope that the seismic activity in the Canary Islands fizzles out without any landslide happening.  Because for the last two decades scientists have been warning us about what could potentially happen, and it is really, really bad.  The following comes from Wikipedia

    The island of La Palma in the Canary Islands is at risk of undergoing a large landslide, which could cause a tsunami in the Atlantic Ocean. Volcanic islands and volcanoes on land frequently undergo large landslides/collapses, which have been documented in Hawaii for example. A recent example is Anak Krakatau, which collapsed to cause the 2018 Sunda Strait tsunami, claiming hundreds of lives.

    Steven N. Ward and Simon Day in a 2001 research article proposed that a Holocene change in the eruptive activity of Cumbre Vieja volcano and a fracture on the volcano that formed during an eruption in 1949 may be the prelude to a giant collapse. They estimated that such a collapse could cause tsunamis across the entire North Atlantic and severely impact countries as far away as North America.

    Of course, not all tsunamis are created equal.  After all, there is a world of difference between a tsunami that is only a couple of feet tall and one that is hundreds of feet tall.

    So what would a worst-case scenario mean for the countries that border the Atlantic?

    Well, according to Ward and Day the coast of Africa could be hit by waves as high as 330 feet tall, and the coast of Florida could be hit by waves as high as 82 feet tall

    • 2 Minutes: A 900 meters (3,000 ft) thick dome of water rises above the landslide.[38]
    • 5 Minutes: The dome collapses to a height of 500 meters (1,600 ft) as it advances by 50 kilometers (31 mi); additionally, wave valleys form.[38]
    • 10 Minutes: The landslide is now over. Waves reaching heights of 400–600 meters (1,300–2,000 ft) hit the three western Canary Islands.[39]
    • 15 Minutes-60 Minutes: 50–100 meters (160–330 ft) high waves hit Africa. A 500 kilometers (310 mi) wide train of waves advances across the Atlantic.[39]
    • 3–6 Hours: The waves hit South America and Newfoundland, reaching heights of 15–20 meters (49–66 ft) and 10 meters (33 ft), respectively. Spain and England are partially protected by La Palma, thus tsunami waves there only reach 5–7 meters (16–23 ft).[39]
    • 9 Hours: Waves 20–25 meters (66–82 ft) approach Florida; they are not expected to grow farther as they hit the coast.[39]

    Since most of Florida is barely above sea level, there would be very little to keep the tsunami wave from sweeping across the entire state.

    Needless to say, such a tsunami would also do enormous damage to major cities along the east coast such as Washington, New York, and Boston.

    So let us certainly hope that such a scenario does not materialize.

    Leading up to the eruption on Sunday, the island of La Palma had been hit by about 1,000 earthquakes in a five-day period.

    Scientists knew that an eruption was possible, but the violence with which the Cumbre Vieja volcano has exploded has stunned a lot of people

    A volcano on Spain’s Atlantic Ocean island of La Palma erupted Sunday after a weeklong buildup of seismic activity, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands as lava flows destroyed isolated houses and threatened to reach the coast. New eruptions continued into the night.

    The Canary Islands Volcanology Institute reported the initial eruption near the southern end of the island, which saw its last eruption in 1971. Huge red plumes topped with black-and-white smoke shot out along the Cumbre Vieja volcanic ridge, which scientists had been closely watching following the accumulation of molten lava below the surface and days of small earthquakes.

    Video footage of lava being violently spewed from the volcano has gone viral all over the globe.

    We were warned that this could happen someday, and that day has finally arrived.

    Now that the volcano has finally started erupting, the seismic activity could continue for quite some time to come.

    In fact, we are being told that previous eruptions have lasted for “weeks or even months”….

    Itahiza Dominguez, head of seismology of Spain’s National Geology Institute, told Canary Islands Television that although it was too early to tell how long this eruption would last, prior “eruptions on the Canary Islands lasted weeks or even months.”

    The good news is that there has not been any sort of a major landslide yet.

    But that could change at any time.

    So we will want to closely watch this volcano for as long as it is still erupting.

    At this hour, lava flows continue to destroy homes as they head for the coast.  About 1,000 island residents have already been evacuated, and it is being reported that 10,000 more may soon need to be evacuated.

    If nothing more comes of this disaster, we should be very thankful.

    But if a worst-case scenario does materialize, those of you that are living on the east coast will only have about 9 hours to evacuate before a giant tsunami hits.

    And if you are sleeping when the tsunami is generated, the amount of warning that you receive may be a whole lot less than that.

    Needless to say, highways would be completely jammed up if everyone was trying to escape all at once, and a lot of people simply would not make it.

    So let us hope for the best because a giant tsunami hitting the east coast would mean death and destruction on a scale that none of us wants to imagine.

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        One can only hope!

      2. Always keep in mind that possible doesn’t mean probable.

        And I’d say the probability of this is pretty low.

        There are far more likely things coming our way, highly probable ones, that we should be concerned with before we start worrying about this.

        • True, ‘possible’ does not mean ‘probable’…

          That said, the fissure which crosses El Huerro (Viejo Cumbre) has widened notably in just the last twenty years…visibly so and effectively transects the entire island currently. The evidence of slope slippage is visibly apparent.

          Years ago – HERE – BeInformed (aka, BI) and I had numerous dialogues on this specific subject. BI was of the opinion that by virtue of energy considerations any event occurring THERE would have negligible effect HERE on the US. However, as I explained then – and repeat here now – energy is not the salient, defining factor in the event of these (potential) extreme landslides into bodies of water. No, instead it is the total momentum which is the defining facto…along with another point I’ll touch on below.
          Momentum is always STRICTLY conserved in all interactions whereas energy can (and does) change into different forms.
          Examine the Lituya Bay event or the Vajont Dam incident in Italy several decades ago. These are classifiably Mega-Tsunamis and are characteristically dissimilar to those produce by tectonic activity…look up “Mega-Tsunami” at Wiki for more details.
          Suffice it to say that these events are potentially orders of magnitude worse in terms of their destructive potential. Pointedly, ZH did an article on El Hierro’s current activity just a few days ago and their stated estimates of the probable wave heights along the US eastern seaboard are astonishing.
          It’s not a question of ‘If’, it’s only a question of ‘when’; these self-same events have occured repeatedly over the last 20,000 years and WILL occur again in the indefinite future. Hyper-accurate Sonar bathymetry off the north shore of Molokai shows stark evidence of such stretching over 125 Mile’s outward from there; macroliths over a mile wide lay strewn across the ocean floor like a child’s toys after a tantrum
          Additionally the propagation of this type of wave in deep ocean basins is not ordinary in any regular sense; instead of standard wave propagation, these type of events are far better described as ‘Soliton waves’ (I suggest looking that term up for greater understanding of the mechanics) which characteristically do not diminish appreciably as they propagate.


      3. Cities were built around geologically-active oil fields — wooden derricks with wooden corks. What appear to be many dry streambeds are actually faults, where the water settles and is sometimes squeezed to the surface. So, the satellite map shows where are perennial hostpots and outgasssings, where you walk, everyday — upon colliding landmasses and planetary forces.

        • “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

      4. First it was the New Madrid, then the San Andreas, then the Yellowstone Caldera. Now we have the Canary Islands tsunami to worry about.

        A more important thing to worry about is the coming worldwide energy crisis. The EU and the UK are already feeling the first crunch of no domestic energy supplies and the lack of surplus from other countries to support their population, with winter approaching.

        The same crisis will eventually work it’s way here. There have been no super fields discovered since the late 1960s. Cracking rock and steam washing oil off sand means the bottom of the barrel is being scraped. Frac’ed oil is a debt hole and now even that production has fizzled. The world is in the process of eating it’s seed corn as field after field reduces output year after year in every country around the world.

        No green energy can replace the need for middle distillates like diesel and fuel oil that powers all the heavy transportation and mining and excavation equipment. There is a tight market for these also.

        Billions will be liquidated in the coming Mad Max crash. Try not to be one of them. Get your sand rail tuned up now and those assless chaps conditioned. Buy your own stripper well that produces 1 to 10 barrels a day and you can become the local Ayatollah of Rock and Rollah warlord.

        • Bravo! Someone with a modicum of understanding the dilemma. It’s monumental.

      5. Why would a warning be issued? How would the elite escape on jammed up roads? Like with a large asteroid, you will know it’s coming when it hits. Our benevolent overlords will need time to prepare for their own survival.

      6. You can generally discern — from appointees, cronyism, and favorable treatment — every time the govt failed and there was a changing of the old guard.

        Many before us thought their world was ending. They had a eureka moment. They copyrighted it, or declared victory. Hold your ground for so long as it is given to you.

        Do you have a skill. Any useful person has found ten better ways. Find them.

      7. I was born in the early 1950’s.
        I know from FIRST HAND experience that “Doomsday Believers” have been beating on the same dead horse since at least the early 1960’s.
        Research “Apocalypticism”.
        People have been convinced the “end of days” are upon us for many decades.

        • I need to take a break from this to repopulate.

      8. “Keep your assless chaps conditioned” ? and your dogs of war on a short leash

      9. If worse comes to worse, and millions have to evacuate, and traffic jams happen, remember that motorcycles and bikes could move thru the spaces between the grid-locked cars. You can tie your bicycles to the roof of your car just in case.

      10. 20 Meter (about 66 feet) high waves will surely do enormous damage to the East Coast of the USA. Most curious folks have seen the video of 10 Meter (about 33 feet) tall waves that damaged Japan. This would be a catastrophe of epic proportions. OK, I can hear the snide remarks “at least we would get rid of “D.C.”

        • The Jamaican bobsled team, down the Rio Grande…

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