Monday, May 15, 2006

Will La Palma collapse into the Atlantic and cause a Tsunami?

Question:
There is a lot of speculation that La Palma (Canary Islands) is going to collapse
into the Atlantic Ocean causing a massive Tsunami that will wipe out Coastal areas
such as the East coast Of North America and other coastal areas in the Atlantic Ocean.
What is your feeling on this event ever taking place Helane?

Answer:
There is significant concern about The Canary Islands being at risk because one flank of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma, in the Canaries, is unstable and could plunge into the ocean during the volcano's next eruption. As my eye is drawn to this area as a result of your question, this collapse of land into the water will create a tidal wave well over a thousand feet tall. Indeed this is quite a serious issue as public buildings near the Thames; The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Canary Wharf, Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, and the South Bank are only a few of the many London landmarks that would be severely damaged, as indeed would the entire City of London.
I do not see this tsunami happening until after 2009. Other earth changing events of great magnitude occur prior to this extreme event.

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