With the devastating tsunami in March 2011 in Japan, and the 2004 tsunami causing apocalyptic death and destruction in south Asia, we in America need to be aware that something much worse could happen right here. The island of La Palma, in the Canary Islands off the coast of North Africa, has been discovered to be in great danger of collapsing. The island is volcanic, and during an eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano in 1949 part of the island slipped a few metres into the sea before stopping. Another eruption could cause the western flank of the island to collapse completely into the Atlantic Ocean. |
It would happen during an eruption of Cumbre Vieja. It is an active volcano, last erupting in 1949. One thing is certain, that one day, if it happens, an incredible force will surge through the Atlantic Ocean. It would be far bigger than any wave ever seen for thousands of years. Much worse than the one in south Asia. 500 billion tons of rock are waiting to collapse into the ocean at terrific speed. The collapse would create nearly 5,000,000,000,000,000 (5 thousand trillion) joules of kinetic energy, which would be converted into a colossal wave 900 metres high with awesome speed: within ten minutes it would have moved 250 kilometres. The landslide would continue to move underwater, powering the wave as it goes.
No coastline in the North Atlantic would be spared. Britain, France, Spain and Portugal would all be badly hit. North Africa would be hit by 100 metre waves. But the main wave would travel west. It would storm across the Atlantic in hours, hitting the Caribbean and Brazil badly. However, the real damage would be to the East coast of the USA. By the time it had travelled the 4000 miles to America, the wave would be lower and wider. It would now be just 50 metres high but many kilometres long, allowing it to sweep up to 20 miles inland, destroying everything in its path. Boston, New York and Miami would virtually be wiped off the map. Skyscrapers would be bulldozed as if they weren't there. Bridges would be ripped from their foundations. And virtually every human in these cities would be killed.
There would be indirect consequences around the world. The events of September 11, 2001 wiped millions off stock markets around the world. What would be the effects of the destruction of not only the rest of New York, but also the rest of the East Coast of America on the world's economies? And put simply, short of Divine intervention, we cannot stop it. We have no technology that can stop a volcano from erupting, no support that can hold 500 billion tons of rock, and no barrier that can stop a wave moving at 500 miles per hour. All we could do is evacuate.
But can we evacuate tens of millions of people with just a few hours notice? That's all we would have. Unless evacuation plans were incredibly well thought out, there's no way there could be a complete evacuation. Imagine New York's grid locked streets trying to cope with every person in the city on them, trying to escape, with very little time. The alternative is evacuating when the volcano starts to erupt, possibly giving a few weeks warning. However, the politicians and mainstream media's main job seems to be keeping the population sedate and ignorant, while the elitists screw them, get rich, and scramble for saftey when disaster strikes. And sadly, that is unlikely to change, even for an event like this.