posted on Mar, 16 2005 @ 01:52 PM
There has been a new warning issued by scientists today. This warning states that the northern Caribbean may be at a high risk for a major tsunami.
This warning is based on historical records that date back to Columbus' arrival in 1492.
A tsunami in this region could affect more than 35 million people on the islands of the Greater and Lesser Antilles and along the east and Gulf
coasts of the United States. The danger has been highlighted in previous research.
The major source for past tsunamis in the northern Caribbean has been movement along the boundary between the North American and Caribbean tectonic
plates. This fault line stretches 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) from Central America to the Lesser Antilles, brushing up against the north coast of
Hispaniola (the island of Haiti and the Dominican Republic).
Nancy Grindlay and Meghan Hearne of the University of North Carolina and Paul Mann of the University of Texas identified 10 significant tsunamis that
have resulted from movement along this plate boundary. Six of these caused loss of life.
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This is a huge warning that could prove to be true some time in the future. A tsunami is the Gulf Coast region could affect millions of people and if
there is a way to warn people about this disaster, I am all for it. History repeats itself and if this tsunami comes about, it will affect more people
than the 1692, 1780 and 1946 tsunami combined.
This research is supported by the National Science Foundation and the University of Puerto Rico SeaGrant program.
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