Massive Tsunami That Hit Mediterranean Coast Millennia Ago ‘Could Happen Again,’ Scientists Warn

Noting that he did not realise the Mediterranean Sea might produce such a large wave, one researcher warned that historical past could repeat itself.

Archaeologists and geologists from the University of California San Diego and the University of Haifa have discovered obvious proof of a large cataclysm that occurred on “what is today Israel’s northern shore” 1000’s of years in the past, Haaretz stories.

According to the newspaper, the analysis staff made this discovery whereas finding out geological historical past within the neighborhood of Tel Dor, an historical seaside settlement south of Haifa.

While extracting and inspecting sediment cores predating Tel Dor – which was based round 2,000 BC – the staff found a 20-30 cm-thick layer “consisting of sand and fragments of seashells,” sandwiched between “long sequence of dark sediments.”

With different sediment cores extracted alongside the Tel Dor seashore displaying an analogous layer, “dated to between 9,900 and 9,300 years ago,” and with researchers estimating that the seashore “would have been between 1.5 and 3.5 km away” at the moment, the staff concluded that these “marine materials” had been transported there by a tsunami.

With the Tel Dor tsunami apparently being the oldest such occasion documented within the Mediterranean to this point, the researchers additionally be aware that “no less than 23 tsunami deposits from the past 6,000 years have been detected along the Eastern Mediterranean coasts,” with Shtienberg remarking that he didn’t suppose the Mediterranean Sea might produce such a large wave.


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