If I’m honest, when I first looked at the image below, I didn’t know what I was looking at. However, I understood enough to know it looked ominous and extremely dangerous.
An Ancient and Massive Mega-Landslide patiently waits!
3,000 feet down an ancient mega-landslide waits silently on the ocean floor. Positioned between Egypt and Saudi Arabia it’s spent the last 500 years patiently waiting for the perfect opportunity to slip from its rocky bed and plunge into the dark depths below.
Once the landslide finally gives way a disastrous tsunami will rapidly follow. Scientist believe if the recommended precautions aren’t taken seriously soon, the gigantic stones in these ominous photos will be responsible for unimaginable loss of human life.
“All it’ll take is a little shake”
Researchers fear all the landslide needs is “just a little shake in the wrong place” and the world will be dealing with the aftermath of a catastrophic tsunami. A tsunami with it’s sights set on the shorelines of Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
An Unexpected Discovery
“Immediately, I realised that what we were looking at was the result of some geological force, which had broken the seafloor,”Professor Sam Purkis, from the Department of Marine Geosciences.
The team working on the project believe the landslide initially happened somewhere around 500 years ago.
Researchers also believe a tsunami was spawned from the original landslide as well and estimate it would have taken mere minutes to decimate nearby shorelines.
History Repeats Itself
The scientists who made the discovery now fear history could be very close to repeating itself.
“Just a little shake in the wrong place and the whole wall could fail, leading to a much larger tsunami than the one that occurred 500 years ago,”
“That area of Egypt, as well as Saudi Arabia, which are urbanising so rapidly, have certain hazards which haven’t been previously recognised, but they need to be, to avoid a future catastrophe.”
Further research of rock samples suggest that waves as high as 10-meters towered over Egypt’s coastline when the tsunami struck the first time around.
They estimate the waves could climb at least twice as high once the land starts sliding.
Scientists are hoping that Middle Eastern nations, including Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Israel, will heed their warning and make sure they have early warning systems ready for potentially devastating earthquakes and tsunami events.
Unfortunately, it appears this isn’t a matter of if, it’s simply a matter of when.
The 3 Deadliest Tsunamis
2011 Tōhoku Earthquake And Tsunami Affected 4.4 Million Households
This tragic tsunami which occurred on March 11, 2011, at the Pacific coast of Japan is the most powerful earthquake ever recorded to have hit Japan doubling as the fourth in the world since modern record-keeping began in 1900.
The earthquake also caused a powerful tsunami that had its surge height estimated at 133 feet above sea level and traveled up to 6 miles inland.
The tsunami was triggered by an earthquake leaving 18,550 people confirmed either dead or missing and left around 4.4 million households in northeastern Japan without electricity. An additional 1.5 million households were rendered waterless.
Turn Of The Century Tsunami In Messina Kills 123,000
The Messina earthquake was caused by an underwater landslide triggering an earthquake that killed about 123,000 people in Messina, Italy on December 28, 1908.
The 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake Caused The Worst Tsunami In History
The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake of December 26, 2004, triggered a series of continuous lethal tsunamis that claimed approximately 230,210 lives.
Out of all who perished from the tsunami, 168,000 were from Indonesia alone thus clinching the record of not only the most deadly tsunami in human history but also one of the worst natural disasters of all time.
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The research on the mega-landslide was initially published in Geophysical Research Letters journal.