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A volcano avalanche in Sicily 8,000 years ago triggered a devastating tsunami taller than a 10-story building that spread across the entire Mediterranean Sea, slamming into the shores of three continents in only a few hours.
A new computer simulation of the ancient event reveals for the first time the enormity of the catastrophe and its far-reaching effects.
The Mt. Etna avalanche sent 6 cubic miles of rock and sediment tumbling into the water—enough material to cover the entire island of Manhattan in a layer of debris thicker than the Empire State Building is tall.
The mountain of rubble crashed into the water at more than 200 mph. It pummeled the sea bed, transformed thick layers of soft marine sediment into jelly and triggered an underwater mudslide that flowed for hundreds of miles.
Found an interesting story surfing which might explain the flood legends which are evident throughout the Middle East.
So Zeus was set upon loosing a deluge, where the rivers would run in torrents and the sea encroach rapidly on the coastal plain, engulf the foothills with spray and wash everything clean.
Originally posted by Marduk
1) there are no flood legends set in the Mediteranean itself where the water comes from the sea. Deucalion which is the only one that I can think of has the water coming from Zeus and doesn't involve a tidal wave
2) all the flood legends mention that the water came across the land (i.e. not the sea)
3) all the flood legends have the flood occuring in a mountainous area
4) almost all the middle eastern flood legends can be traced back to mesopotamia which sits on the persian gulf and not the Mediteranean
sometimes a brief look at the facts is quite helpful
The Flooding of the Black Sea
The time is about 5600 BC. The site is a huge freshwater lake, with its coasts heavily populated by various peoples. The climate is moist and warm. The sea-level in the Mediterranean has been rising because of the melting polar ice-caps, and has reached the edge of the Bosporus, poised to rush into the lake almost 550 feet below. Unknown to the people below, a wave carries a bit of water over the edge, and with it, a bit of soil. With another wave, another trickle of water carries away more soil. Then another, and another. Soon, enough soil has been washed away that there is a constant flow of salt water flowing over the edge. Within a few days, a cascade has formed, with water flowing through at 50 miles per hour and carrying the force of 200 Niagara Falls. The din can be heard throughout the basin, as could the vibration be felt. Though the Black Sea lake is huge, its level is rising now at six inches per day, which is enough to inundate one mile of land each day in the flattest areas (the west and northwest coasts).
"Archaeological evidence from the late Paleolithic sites (e.g., Kamennaya Balka, Avdeevo, Byki, and Kapova Cave) suggests that large-scale flooding of the coastal zone by water from the late Pleistocene basins together with river megafloods caused a reduction of available living space and hunting areas, resulting in a mass migration and subsequent increase in population density. The decrease in available food resources per capita affected everyday life of the Palaeolithic people and was likely to have stimulated the transition from hunting and gathering to farming and cattle breeding in the region...."