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New Climate Crisis Scare: Killer Tsunamis from the Antarctic

New Climate Crisis Scare: Killer Tsunamis from the Antarctic

REAL SCIENCE: Tsunami risks are associated with plate tectonics paired with the location of population.

Every so often, a climate crisis headline is so ridiculous, it has me rolling on the floor in laughter.

This week, I came across a hilarious one: Climate change could trigger gigantic deadly tsunamis from Antarctica, new study warns.

By drilling into sediment cores hundreds of feet beneath the seafloor in Antarctica, scientists discovered that during previous periods of global warming — 3 million and 15 million years ago — loose sediment layers formed and slipped to send massive tsunami waves racing to the shores of South America, New Zealand and Southeast Asia.

And as climate change heats the oceans, the researchers think there’s a possibility these tsunamis could be unleashed once more. Their findings were published May 18 in the journal Nature Communications.

Of course, more fund and study is needed…because these tsunamis would be killers.

“Submarine landslides are a major geohazard with the potential to trigger tsunamis that can lead to huge loss of life. The landslides can also destroy infrastructure including subsea cables, meaning future such events would create a wide range of economic and social impacts,” study co-author Jenny Gales said.

“Our findings highlight how we urgently need to enhance our understanding of how global climate change might influence the stability of these regions and potential for future tsunamis,” Dr Gales said.

I would like to take a moment from the climate crisis drama to review the most recent tsunamis that were true killer, and review what triggered the massive waves.

The infamous Tohoku Earthquake and Tsumani in 2011 was caused by a 9.1 earthquake that struck off the northeast coast of Honshu on the Japan Trench. A tsunami that was generated by the earthquake arrived at the coast within 30 minutes, overtopping seawalls and disabling three nuclear reactors.

The earthquake was caused by the rupture of a stretch of the subduction zone associated with the Japan Trench, which separates the Eurasian Plate from the subducting Pacific Plate. (Some geologists argue that this portion of the Eurasian Plate is actually a fragment of the North American Plate called the Okhotsk microplate.)

The Sumatra-Andaman earthquake, which caused the deadly 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, is estimated to have released energy equivalent to 23,000 Hiroshima-type atomic bombs. In Banda Aceh, the landmass closest to the quake’s epicenter, tsunami waves topped 100 feet.

The quake caused the ocean floor to suddenly rise by as much as 40 meters, triggering a massive tsunami. Within 20 minutes of the earthquake, the first of several 100-foot waves hit the shoreline of Banda Aceh, killing more than 100,000 people and pounding the city into rubble. Then, in succession, tsunami waves rolled over coastlines in Thailand, India, and Sri Lanka, killing tens of thousands more. Eight hours later and 5,000 miles from its Asian epicenter, the tsunami claimed its final casualties on the coast of South Africa. In all, nearly 230,000 people were killed, making it one of the deadliest disasters in modern history.

A little closer to home, an earthquake along the Cascadia subduction zone created a tsunami that devastated both Japan and our West Coast in 1700. There are concerns the region is overdue for another similar seismic event.

Have there been landslide-related tsunamis? Sure. One stuck the Mediterranean region in 1693, and killed and estimate 60,000 people.

The disastrous earthquake of 1693 AD caused over 60,000 causalities and the total destruction of several villages and towns in south-eastern Sicily. Immediately after the earthquake, a tsunami struck the Ionian coasts of Sicily and the Messina Strait and was probably recorded even in the Aeolian Islands and Malta. Over the last few decades, the event has been much debated regarding the location of the seismogenic source and the possible cause of the associated tsunami. The marine event has been related to both a submarine landslide and a coseismic displacement at the seafloor.

About 8,000 years ago the collapse of the eastern flank of Mt. Etna in Sicily triggered a devastating tsunami that spread across the Mediterranean Sea. There is evidence strewn across the region, as far as Israel, on the havoc it wreaked. It is hard to imagine what the level of devastation would be if this were to occur again.

However, researchers monitoring the site say all they can do for now is “keep an eye” on the active volcano, as there is no way of telling whether this acceleration will come within years or centuries.

Past work has only focused on Etna’s above-ground component, but gathering the new underwater measurements confirmed the movement is due to gravity acting on its growing, and unstable, flank.

“You can think of a slow landslide at the moment—we had 4cm in 15 months, so it moves really slowly, but there is a danger that it could accelerate and form a landslide that moves really fast into the sea,” Dr Morelia Urlaub from Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research told The Independent, the British daily, recently.

Looking over the data, the real tsunami risks are associated with plate tectonics paired with the location of population. Anyone ginning up fear because of a trace gas ultimately impacting the climate in a barren, essentially uninhabited wasteland of a continent has no business in real science.


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henrybowman | May 26, 2023 at 9:38 pm

You know who else has been slacking lately? Godzilla.

TrickyRicky | May 26, 2023 at 9:41 pm

Thanks for a rational and coherent discussion Leslie. As a geologist, I don’t have a lot to add. If only real science would stand up and punch back against charlatans we would be in a much better place as a society and a species.

E Howard Hunt | May 26, 2023 at 9:46 pm

The real threat is from those secret Nazi bases still operating there. Once those bases coordinate with the Iron Cross Moon Base world order will be restored.

    Peabody in reply to E Howard Hunt. | May 27, 2023 at 3:02 am

    There has not been enough research on the impact of UFO’s on global warming and potentially triggering tsunamis. Additionally, some UFO’s have reportedly been flying at night with their lights off.

Next thing you know, they’ll be encountering icebergs in the N. Atlantic.

See “Storegga Landslides”:

Those did cause tsunamis.

Suburban Farm Guy | May 27, 2023 at 12:18 am

Perfect how they use fluency in gobbledygook to push the New Secular Religion onto rubes with scientific-sounding claptrap.

drsamherman | May 27, 2023 at 2:06 am

Oh, for the love of the most minuscule possibilities we should change everything about our lifestyles and induce unwarranted panics about absolutely fractionally possible “disasters” just to meet some idiotic leftist delusions? NO!! NOOO!!!!

This is way out of hand. We’re talking about events that are so out of human control that it sounds like a theological rather than a teleological matter. The very legal model of an “act of God” relies on a matter so beyond human and other power intervention that nothing can stop it. Thus, if we accept the premises therein, tsunamis and all such geological and similarly related “acts of God” are beyond human intervention—as they ALWAYS have been. No bullshit electric vehicles, wind power, etc., will ever stop the power of the earth to do what it has done beyond human memory. So, you dumb as shit Obsessive-Compulsive Greenies, GTFO.

Frankly, I’m surprised that they are not delighted at this possible outcome. After all the WEF seems to want to reduce the Earth’s population by a significant percentage.

MoeHowardwasright | May 27, 2023 at 9:02 am

There is a volcano in the Canary Islands that has fractured and sent billions of tons of debris sliding into the Atlantic Ocean. When it does it again and it will. The resulting tsunami will wipe out the east coast of the USA. 100’ waves. Let’s see, there is the Hawaiian Islands. We know that Moloka’i has fractured off huge portions of the island in the past. It could do it again. Just these few examples and none has anything to do with climate change.

Richard Aubrey | May 27, 2023 at 10:04 am

We’ve already hd climate change. What tsunamis were caused by the Medieval Warm Period or the Roman Warm Period? Pictures or no deal.

This has nothing to do with “real science”, but about money, position, power and control.

[Q] “scientists discovered that during previous periods of global warming — 3 million and 15 million years ago — “[/Q]

Having a great many SUVs on the road back then, it’s not surprising.

The 3/11 Japan tsunami. The earthquake triggered a submarine landslide. The resulting ‘coupled’ tsumani surge was 40 meters. There’s cell phone video of the event. The wave crashes into a rocky point at the mouth of a fjord. There’s a Japanese produced documentary with english subs but it’s not very good.

Just search 3/11 40m tsunami.

Ps: There’s a Japanese language youtube 3/11 Memorial channel ( maybe named FN1 or FN1N ?) with archived videos. All of the videos are worth watching, but two of them stand out from all other tsunami videos ever recorded. Ever. Both videos begin as the ocean recedes and cover initial and second surges. One section of video seems fantastic in the extreme. Hollywood nonsense. Its not.

Doesn’t it seem like the government pays for studies only after they’ve settled on a conclusion (narrative) …

Gov’t: We’re worried about tsunamis caused by climate change. Here’s $10m to study the issue and write a paper to support our conclusion.

Contractor: We’re doomed! Everyone move to Denver!

BierceAmbrose | May 29, 2023 at 5:30 pm

And yet no mention of Cascadia, gonna get if far worse than California tumblin into the sea — both near to sure things within a lifetime or so.