Check out the link in my first post, Gazrok. I agree with you. They are finding evidence of massive ancient coastal inundations all along the Atlantic
coasts of the Americas. I agree with you that Bolivia is a candidate for the location of the capital city. We know that release of tectonic strain
through earthquakes prevents larger megaquakes, and the relative 'silence' on the Atlantic side does not mean that strain is not building up. There
have been huge quakes on the Atlantic side, up into the Gulf (e.g., the New Madrid quake). Megatsunami are also generated by oceanic meteor impacts. I
think that what we just witnessed in the Indian Ocean is both a wake up call to the rest of us who dwell near coastlines, and a confirmation that
Plato's tale is all too plausible.
I have spent a lot of time in the field examining scarp faces, and there are places in the Americas where you can observe uplift of hundreds of feet
that to my eyes look like they occured in one event. I have a feeling we have never witnessed in our recorded history a really big earthquake, nor a
truly colossal volcanic outburst (Krakatoa notwithstanding). I remember talking with Eugene Shoemaker one day, years ago about oceanic meteor strikes,
and I asked him how big a wave could be. He told me to read Genesis.
As for Santorini, 'Westward, beyond the Pillars of Hercules' describes a location out in the Atlantic ('Atlantic' = 'Ocean of Atlantis'). The
dating of many American pyramids remains in doubt, and I have a feeling the step pyramid may have moved Eastward to Egypt by way of the sea, long
before anyone can imagine. Autopilot is right, Santorini was a colossal outburst;
see this link
In the photos from the Indian Ocean we are seeing blue water fishing vessels thrown inland, backs broken and their captains dead from the wave or the
ensuing plagues of water-borne diseases. This megadestruction would be a death-blow to an ancient sailing empire, with the loss of infrastructure and
more importantly, know-how. Most of the men who knew how to build ships and navigate would be dead. It would take a long time- if ever- to reconstruct
a sailing navy with men who know how to navigate.
I think the Amerindians are the survivors of the Atlantean catastrophe, with of course a lot of flavor thrown in by Asian and African, European and
Australian wanderers and seafarers over the ages.
We can deflect asteroids. But is there a way to relieve tectonic strain through mega-engineering projects? Or to vent supercaldera using tunnel boring
machines? Or are we destined to be blown back into the stone age by unstoppable events? Man we need to get off this planet. We've got all our eggs in
[edit on 6-1-2005 by Chakotay]