Mega Tsunami: Wave of Destruction (2000)

BBC Horizon

In December 2004, earthquakes equal to 23,000 Hiroshima bombs rocked South Asia and caused a tsunami that rippled across one-seventh of the earth, killing more than 200,000. Deconstruct the disaster that caused chaos from Thailand to Africa. Read more: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/seconds-from-disaster/2720/Overview#ixzz0dPPgjDlw
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Scattered across the world’s oceans are a handful of rare geological time-bombs. Once unleashed they create an extraordinary phenomenon, a gigantic tidal wave, far bigger than any normal tsunami, able to cross oceans and ravage countries on the other side of the world. Only recently have scientists realised the next episode is likely to begin at the Canary Islands, off North Africa, where a wall of water will one day be created which will race across the entire Atlantic ocean at the speed of a jet airliner to devastate the east coast of the United States. America will have been struck by a mega-tsunami.

Back in 1953 two geologists travelled to a remote bay in Alaska looking for oil. They gradually realised that in the past the bay had been struck by huge waves, and wondered what could have possibly caused them. Five years later, they got their answer. In 1958 there was a landslide, in which a towering cliff collapsed into the bay, creating a wave half a kilometre high, higher than an... (read more)

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