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    Posted March 14, 2011 by
    Pompano Beach, Florida
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    Recovery in Japan: After the earthquake

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    Cumbre Viejo - The Tsunami Behind You


    We should be looking both West and East. No one is talking about what is lingering across the Atlantic ocean. When all of us here in the United States are looking to our west for the next Tsunami we  should also be looking to the east as well. If you weren’t aware of how a tsunami is created these last few days has made you aware that tsunamis start in the ocean, but not all tsunamis start in the ocean. There is another type of tsunami it is called a mega-tsunami's which originates from large scale landslides or impact events. This type of event is known to create a wave that could top 2,000 feet high. That's twice the height of the Empire State Building or a 200 story building. The closest possibility to us for such an event is just 6-7 hours away at La Palma Island due west in the Canary Islands. Its name, Cumbre Viejo (Spanish for Old Summit) is an active volcanic ridge volcanic ocean island of La Palma in the Canary Islands. It is possible as written in Wikipedia and other supporting documentation is that 500,000 million tons of earth may slide off into the ocean and create a wave that make Japan's Tsunami look like a bath tub splash. It is written that it will affect the entire eastern coast of the United States, from New York to Miami and travel at least 16 miles inland. By the time the wave reaches the United States it will be approximately 200 feet in height more than 9 times higher than the wave that just hit Japan. Not possible you say, it already happened in 1958 an earthquake in Alaska and land slide in the Crillon Inlet at the head of Lituya Bay on June 9th 1958 generated a "mega-tsunami," with an initial amplitude of 1,722 ft. Cnn reported in 2001 the following article http://archives.cnn.com/2001/TECH/science/08/29/tidal.wave/.  Written in this article it references the amount of energy produced from such an event is equal to all the electricity used in the United State over a 6 month period. There have been two eruptions on the island was in 1949 and 1971, Just 22 years apart. It happened just a few years ago and it will happen again. Horizon (BBC) has a documentary named Wave of "Destruction" which you can watch from the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lwAt-Wg3uI . I know we can’t live our lives looking over our should all the time but if we do it half the time we’ll have better odds.


    Mitchell Yale Pine

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