The western flank of Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma in the Canaries is going to slide into the Atlantic one of these days: a diagonal fracture has already separated it from the main body of the volcano, and only friction still keeps it attached. And when it goes, probably during an eruption, the splash will create a mega-tsunami that races across the Atlantic and drowns the facing coastlines.

The real carnage will be on the western side of the Atlantic, from Newfoundland all the way down the east coast of Canada and the United States to Cuba, Hispaniola, the Lesser Antilles and north-eastern Brazil. With a clear run across the Atlantic, the wall of water will still be between 20 and 50 metres high when it hits the eastern seaboard of North America, and it will keep coming for 10 to 15 minutes.

Worst hit will be harbours and estuaries that funnel the waves inland: goodbye to some pretty big cities on the east coast, including Halifax, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Miami and the Florida Keys and Havana go under almost entirely, as do low-lying islands like the Bahamas and Barbados.

Likely death toll, if there is no mass evacuation beforehand?

A hundred million people, give or take fifty million...

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Do you think this scientist is right, and a chunk falling from the volcanic island of La Palma will cause mega-tsunamis that will wipe out the east coast of the United States?
The western flank of Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma in the Canaries is going to slide into the Atlantic one of these days: a diagonal fracture has already separated it from the main body of the volcano, and only friction still keeps it attached. And when it goes, probably during an eruption, the splash will create a mega-tsunami that races across the Atlantic and drowns the facing coastlines.

The real carnage will be on the western side of the Atlantic, from Newfoundland all the way down the east coast of Canada and the United States to Cuba, Hispaniola, the Lesser Antilles and north-eastern Brazil. With a clear run across the Atlantic, the wall of water will still be between 20 and 50 metres high when it hits the eastern seaboard of North America, and it will keep coming for 10 to 15 minutes.

Worst hit will be harbours and estuaries that funnel the waves inland: goodbye to some pretty big cities on the east coast, including Halifax, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Miami and the Florida Keys and Havana go under almost entirely, as do low-lying islands like the Bahamas and Barbados.

Likely death toll, if there is no mass evacuation beforehand?

A hundred million people, give or take fifty million...

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18 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/26/04 - 2:11:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
I dunno . . . . but I'm glad I'm on the far west coast.
18 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/26/04 - 2:27:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
One of these days? It could happen tomorrow or in 2000000 years. If there was a large enough land slide, then sure--a wave would be created. Would it be big? Depends on the amount displaced.

I'm not going to worry too much.

18 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/26/04 - 2:29:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yippie I live smack on the Atlantic and I can see NYC from the brdige outside my apartment....
18 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 8/26/04 - 3:46:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
Gosh. Reading things like that give me the urge to go to Church. If only organized religions would catch on to this.
18 yrs ago - Monday 8/30/04 - 12:23:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
God i hope not
18 yrs ago - Monday 8/30/04 - 12:36:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
Studies have been made that a mass slippage is unlikely and it is more likely to break in harmless sections.
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 10/18/04 - 1:41:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
^Thanks CzarNicky, now I don't have to move!
17 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 11/29/04 - 6:30:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
w00t, that guy is crazy, not that i care, west coast, W00T
17 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 12/29/04 - 12:11:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
17 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 12/30/04 - 11:10:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
17 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 12/30/04 - 11:18:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah..I saw a thing on Discovery about this ...pretty scary.
17 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 12/31/04 - 12:19:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
Kewl, thatmean I can finally find a parking space in Manhattan?
17 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 1/16/05 - 7:12:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
17 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 1/16/05 - 7:12:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
Um those scientists are fear mongers and not scientists. Jesus Rules.
17 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 1/16/05 - 7:16:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
very possible probabilty. natural disasters destroyed the dinosaurs.
17 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 1/28/05 - 2:46:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm on the east coast of the united states :o!
17 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 1/28/05 - 9:31:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
since im about an hour and a half from the east coast, i think i will be OK. maybe i'll even end up with some beach front property...
17 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 1/28/05 - 11:36:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
I believe that he's right. However, it's unlikely to happen any time soon, and if it does slide, it could very well break up. Anyways it makes me rather uncomfortable to think about it as I'm rather close to the ocean (20 minute drive). I hope cape code would brake the wave... otherwise I'm going swimming.
17 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 1/29/05 - 12:06:36 AM EST (GMT-5)
And you guys will swear you're not paranoid.
17 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 2/5/05 - 2:37:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
I hope so. :)
17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 3/18/05 - 4:03:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
Is a tsunami warning system going to be like: you have 10 minutes to get 3000 miles away?
I think it's like The Big One in California; it might happen and there's nothing you can do about it...
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 3/31/05 - 9:13:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
omg scary... i never heard of it...

good thing im on the west coast

17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 4/1/05 - 11:55:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well, it looks like it could happen. Besides i think the world is taking tsunamis just a wee bit more seriously now.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 5/22/05 - 12:44:25 AM EST (GMT-5)
Tsunamis ... in a lake?

Tsunamis Lay Await in Lake Tahoe

17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 5/22/05 - 12:53:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
Well, at least I don't live on the east coast....

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