Ancient Tsunami swept through Lake Geneva: Scientists Warnon January 21, 2013 at 5:35 am
We frequently connect tsunamis with beach side belongings and the seaboard, but what about the mountains? More importantly, Tsunami in Lake Geneva in Switzerland. It might come as a shocker, however it seems that a tsunami hit Geneva, Switzerland approximately 1,500 years ago inundating the coast with up to 42 feet of water.
According to researchers an ancient tsunami in a Swiss lake triggered by an Alpine landslide suggests that cities now on the lake’s shore may face dangers more commonly linked with large oceans.
Tsunamis are monster waves reaching more than 100 feet high. Earthquakes often generate them, but landslides can as well for example, those occurring in submarine canyons.Consequently, interior tsunamis are possible, if lakes get hit by landslides or collapses of the flanks of volcanoes.
Nearly 200,000 people live in the city of Geneva, and someplace approximately one million live around the shores of Lake Geneva. The findings state that there is still a risk of this incident to population around Lake Geneva. A tsunami with the scale of the 563 A.D. version would have shocking consequences on such a population density.
In 563 A.D., a rock fall took place in the mountains more than 45 miles from Geneva, the rock fall, recognized as the Tauredunum event after a nearby fort, brought down boulders near where the Rhone River enters Lake Geneva. The diminishing boulders destroyed numerous villages.
Future researchers can drill deeper into Lake Geneva’s sediments to perceive how many other times such tsunamis might have occurred, and to find a picture of how often they occur and when another might hit.