According to a recent study of the Cape Verde Islands in West Africa, scientists have discovered convincing evidence that a megatsunami has occurred in the area once – and that it could possibly strike again in the future.
These experts claim that a part of Fogo volcano collapsed about 73,000 years ago and it eventually generated a massive 800-foot tsunami which swept an entire island located over 30 miles away.
Fogo volcano’s flank crashed into the sea many years ago and it triggered a super tsunami.
The research was published today, October 3, in Science Advances journal and it pointed out that collapsed volcanoes can really cause major catastrophes.
Now known as Santiago Island, the tsunami-stricken area now has 250,000 residents.
Ricardo Ramalho, lead author of the study, said:
“Our point is that flank collapses can happen extremely fast and catastrophically, and therefore are capable of triggering giant tsunamis. They probably don’t happen very often. But we need to take this into account when we think about the hazard potential of these kinds of volcanic features.”
Besides, Cape Verde’s Fogo volcano is one of the biggest and most active island volcanoes in the world. At present time, the volcano measures 9,300 feet above sea level and erupts almost every 20 years.
Fogo remains to be one of the world’s largest and most active island volcanoes.
Although other scientists are doubting Ramalho’s research, tsunami expert Bill McGuire of the University College London finds the study very interesting. He said that the study “provides robust evidence of megatsunami formation [and] confirms that when volcanoes collapse, they can do so extremely rapidly.”
McGuire likewise added:
“The scale of such events, as the Fogo study testifies, and their potentially devastating impact, makes them a clear and serious hazard in ocean basins that host active volcanoes.”
McGuire is not involved in Ramalho’s project in any way.
Ramalho admitted that such a catastrophy may not be “as rare” as we think.
While Ramalho declared that he is not saying that the megatsunami will happen soon, he still has this to say:
“It doesn’t mean every collapse happens catastrophically. But it’s maybe not as rare as we thought.”
Ramalho’s research is for his postdoctoral associate for the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Columbia University.
Can Genetic Engineering Bring Extinct Animals Back to Life?
Authors says we might have passenger pigeons in 10 years.
Resurrection science, a controversial term that can possibly bring extinct animals back to life and preserve rare species on Earth, is a topic science writer Maura O’Connor courageously discussed in her new book.
Through her book titled Resurrection Science: Conservation, De-Extinction And The Precarious Future of Wild Things, O’Connor attempts to explain how humans can potentially bring back species from the dead in the next decades and how climate change can affect the evolution and extinction of species.
In her interview with National Geographic, O’ Connor discussed the possibility of resurrecting passenger pigeons, which disappeared from the face of the Earth in 1914, in ten years time.
Through her new book, O' Connor attempts to explain how humans can potentially bring back species from the dead in the next decades.
New Buildings In France Are Now Required To Have Solar Panels Or Plant-Covered Rooftops
Kudos to everyone involved in making this happen!
Under the implementation of a new in France, all new buildings erected within the country’s commercial zones should either have solar panels or plant-covered rooftops.
Sounds like a fantastic idea, right? Well, it definitely is.
With this initiative, it is expected that green rooftops will soon spread across the land. Rooftop vegetation can provide shelter for birds and, at the same time, absorb air pollutants as well as decrease sewer overflow since rainwater are retained therein. On top of that, these green roofs will be very effective in decreasing heat.
In France, commercial buildings are mandated to use solar panels and plant-covered rooftops.
NASA Scientists Find Evidence of Liquid Water on Mars
This significant discovery increases the chance of finding life on Mars.
For years, NASA scientists have been exploring the red planet in search for signs of life. It is not new to us that scientists have also been considering Mars as our future home. But, before that happens, they have to ensure that we'll have a temperate climate, breathable air, potable water, and viable land to grow crops for food there; all these are fundamental to the survival of human beings, right?
Previous explorations show that there is indeed water on Mars, but it has been in the form of ice. Now, here's one amazing news:
NASA reveals that there is liquid water on the red planet.
This recent discovery suggests that the planet is potentially habitable, according to Michael Meyer, head of NASA’s ongoing Mars explorations....