Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Hmm, U.S. East Coast is safe from Tsunami attack!

This article in txchnologist today written by Dave Mosher, "Volcano-Triggered 'Mega Tsunamis" won't obliterate U.S. East Coast", probably will comforting many people and may be also making many people disappointed.

A tsunami triggered by landslides on the volcanic Canary Island of La Palma could crush the eastern U.S. seaboard — or not, according to the latest computer simulations.
An active volcano called Cumbre Vieja dominates La Palma’s southern flank, and someday a gargantuan chunk of it may slough into the Atlantic Ocean. Resulting waves could demolish Canary Island coasts, parts of Europe and Africa’s west coast. Then, in a cinematic twist redolent of disaster flicks like 2012, giant waves would crush the U.S. East Coast.
A group of researchers in 2001 floated the possibility that 80-foot waves from La Palma’s collapse could scour New York City, Washington D.C. and other coastal areas. Most scientists remain skeptical of this worst-case scenario and they have focused on exploring it instead of smaller and, perhaps, more likely tsunami scenarios.
So Stephan Grilli and colleagues of University of Rhode Island modeled a realistic, 19-cubic mile "much more likely to occur" landslide with the results suggest "a tsunami that would be less than 5 feet tall by the time it reached New York City. By contrast, Hurricane Irene in 2011 delivered a mostly harmless 4-foot-tall storm surge to parts of the metropolis."
Alarmists may not be happy to see these results but we can all be rest easy, thanks be to God!  Computer models can do a lot of things, for better or worse.  But one thing that can not be forced into by programing is ideological biases!  

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