A huge FIGHT landslide deep in the ocean has been discovered that can trigger a massive tsunami with “just a little shaking in the wrong place”.
Potential hazards are found in the Red Sea, close to the coastlines of Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Experts made the “surprise” discovery when they explored 3,000 feet underwater and discovered an unusual crack in the seafloor.
“I immediately realized that what we were looking at was the result of some geological force breaking through the seabed,” explains Professor Sam Purkis, from the Department of Marine Geosciences.
The team believes the landslide probably happened about 500 years ago.
But the researchers also think a tsunami was born from it at the time and took only minutes to hit nearby shores.
Now they fear history could repeat itself.
“With just a little shaking in the wrong place, the entire wall could be damaged, leading to a tsunami much larger than it was 500 years ago,” he warned.
“That area of Egypt, as well as Saudi Arabia, which is urbanizing so rapidly, has certain dangers that were previously unrecognized, but they need to be present, to avoid disaster in the future. future.”
Further study of the rock samples revealed that waves up to 10 meters high covered Egypt’s coastline when it first occurred.
If that happens again, the wave could be twice as high.
Scientists hope that Middle Eastern nations, including Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Israel, will heed their warnings and ensure that they have early warning systems in place for battles. earthquakes and tsunamis are potentially destructive.
Especially an Egyptian resort town that is in the path of the waves.
The study was published in Geophysical research letter Journal.
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