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03-24-2013, 04:58 PM #1
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
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it couldn't get worse... damned.gif

http://mobile.volcanodiscovery.com/elhie...l?mobile=1

Seismic unrest at El Hierro Island (Canary Islands)

A strong pulse of volcanic tremor has started, accompanied by a 3.2 magnitude quake at 15 km depth at 09:40 GMT.
It seems that magma is continuing to move, and the scenario of a possible new eruption is becoming more and more likely.

[Image: Eventos_HIERRO_2D_32.jpg]
03-24-2013, 05:03 PM #2
Octo Mother Superior
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Sweet Jesus! That's not very good. Some major doom potential there if it ruptures. damned.gif
03-24-2013, 05:07 PM #3
Shadow Incognito
 
Wasn't that rumbling and grumbling last year? A super volcano? damned.gif
03-24-2013, 05:16 PM #4
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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It supposedly has a huge fracture in it, and is basically split in two. Drop a mountain in the ocean, and you get a recipe for potential mega tsunami.
Wouldn't want to be on the East coast when this does happen.
That's what I've heard about it, but this has been quite some time ago, and I can't recall if the source was good, or just some doom.jpg BS

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03-24-2013, 05:18 PM #5
Octo Mother Superior
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This is from 2011:

Quote:Under the Canary Islands lies an area of magma which is able to break through to the surface when the African Plate - on which the islands sit - shifts. It is to this that the islands owe their very existence.

Most of the islands are still volcanically active and there has been speculation that a smaller, previously undetected fault line also runs through the chain.

El Hierro - which means 'iron' in Spanish - was formed after three volcanic eruptions 100 million years ago and is topped by a volcano more than 6,000ft high.

Volcanic activity - mainly where three ridge lines converge - has caused El Hierro to expand continually. The last time it erupted was in 1793.

Some 50,000 years ago, massive landslides triggered by earthquakes caused a large part of the island to crack off and fall into the Atlantic Ocean, according to Irish Weather Online.

That created the El Golfo valley on the island and caused an 300ft-high tsunami that probably reached the American coast.

This feeds into the belief that volcanic activity on La Palma - the most tectonically active of the Canary Islands - could trigger a mega-tsunami.

The theory - which has never been confirmed - claims that a possible fault line through the island would cause a major landslide under certain circumstances.

That landslide would then spark a tsunami that would cause extensive damage all down the Atlantic Coast of the U.S., the Caribbean, Western Europe, West Africa and the east coast of South America.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...ption.html
03-24-2013, 05:31 PM #6
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
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Yeah ~ the whole caldera is slipping and cracked ~ it wouldn't take much of a quake (especially shallow) to let the bitch slide into the big wet.

Tsunami for North America ~ wahoo! uhoh.gif

I've seen estimates of the wave reaching to elevations of 150' (land elevation, not water height) inland ~ in a lot of places that's 50 to 100 miles inland.
03-24-2013, 05:34 PM #7
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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omg.gif Holy crap!

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03-24-2013, 07:26 PM #8
Mister Kitters (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
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(03-24-2013, 05:31 PM)DaJavoo Wrote:  Yeah ~ the whole caldera is slipping and cracked ~ it wouldn't take much of a quake (especially shallow) to let the bitch slide into the big wet.

Tsunami for North America ~ wahoo! uhoh.gif

I've seen estimates of the wave reaching to elevations of 150' (land elevation, not water height) inland ~ in a lot of places that's 50 to 100 miles inland.


Thank god.. I'm 300+ miles inland!

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03-24-2013, 07:37 PM #9
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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I don't believe we're in any danger either, but we do live close to the Gulf (.5 km or so) Just to be on the safe side we'd have to go inland.
A frightening scenario may be about to play out here, of course there is a better chance it won't happen either; but it all depends on the seismic activity.

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03-24-2013, 08:07 PM #10
Cynicalabsurdance Member
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well

bet ya can buy land there cheap
03-24-2013, 08:16 PM #11
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
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(03-24-2013, 07:26 PM)Mister Kitters Wrote:  
(03-24-2013, 05:31 PM)DaJavoo Wrote:  Yeah ~ the whole caldera is slipping and cracked ~ it wouldn't take much of a quake (especially shallow) to let the bitch slide into the big wet.

Tsunami for North America ~ wahoo! uhoh.gif

I've seen estimates of the wave reaching to elevations of 150' (land elevation, not water height) inland ~ in a lot of places that's 50 to 100 miles inland.


Thank god.. I'm 300+ miles inland!

wtf2.gif


I hear ya' ~ but reflect on all the infrastructure that IS within 100 miles of the coast. And of course, the normal gridlock associated with evacuations. Not like 24-48+ hours one has prior to a hurricane. This event would only give a six hour warning or so ~ and if it happened at night, so much the worse.

This would be a true Black Swan event. Of course, the gov, ensconced in their cushy mile high alt-facility in Denver would not let the crisis go to waste.
03-24-2013, 08:27 PM #12
Octo Mother Superior
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Yes it's a horrific scenario. Can you imagine trying to evacuate the whole American East coast in 6 hours? damned.gif
03-24-2013, 08:29 PM #13
Cynicalabsurdance Member
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yeah
it took 200 years just to get the Indians out of there
03-24-2013, 08:46 PM #14
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
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(03-24-2013, 08:27 PM)Octo Wrote:  Yes it's a horrific scenario. Can you imagine trying to evacuate the whole American East coast in 6 hours? damned.gif


Can't be done.

When I lived in Savannah, GA I worked for an electric utility and was the liaison with the county/city disaster HQ ~ we had these scenarios regularly. The only way to safety on the coast is west and we made all roads (interstate and state roads ~ ALL of them) west-bound with no-access all the way to Macon (about 175 miles from the coast) ~ it still was grid lock ~ and these people went through this enough to be familiar with it. This is with 12 hour head start ~ they've even lengthened it since then.

People gonna' die is the short of it.
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03-24-2013, 10:53 PM #15
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You safely inland, Daj?



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