Watch Her Flow
- Mar 22, 2004
This is a startling article. I have family in Queens though I've never lived in NY. I was born in DC.Isaiah said:Sister River, you're a native New Yorker, have you read this story?
New York Daily News - http://www.nydailynews.com
Could waves hit here?
By BRIAN KATES
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Saturday, January 1st, 2005
Six, maybe eight, hours. That's all it would take before the wave crashed through New York Harbor, sending ships hurtling onto shore and flooding lower Manhattan and low-lying neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Staten Island.
The sea would rush over the West Side Highway and the FDR Drive, taking cars with it. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of New Yorkers would drown in subway tunnels.
In Queens, Kennedy and LaGuardia airports would be under water.
Imagine a HUGE wall of water, bigger than last week's killer tsunami, racing across the Atlantic Ocean at jetliner speed, straight for New York.
Economic losses would be measured in the trillions.
That's what could happen if, as some scientists fear, a fragile volcano known as Cumbre Vieja, a world away from New York in the Canary Islands, splits apart and crashes into the ocean.
The volcano cracked severely in 1949 and is continuing to weaken, according to Steven Ward, a professor of theoretical seismology and geophysics at the University of California at Santa Cruz. "Cumbre Vieja is about 98% through its cycle" before it collapses, Ward said.
Ward and other experts admit there is no telling when this might happen.
"It is unlikely ... that the collapse is imminent," marine geologist Simon Day, of the Benfield Hazard Research Centre at University College in London, wrote recently. "There will be plenty of short-term indications that a collapse may be about to occur."
But, he and other experts agree, it is only a matter of time.
If the volcano erupts, Ward explained, the magma will heat water trapped inside. As the water expands, it will push off the unstable part of the volcano.
"It could be a piece of rock as large as 100 New York City blocks and a mile high," Ward said, outlining a worst-case scenario.
Billions of tons of falling rock would hit the water at more than 200 mph. The energy released by the collapse would be equal to the electricity consumption of the entire U.S. for six months, according to one estimate.
A dome of water 1,000 feet high and tens of miles wide would form, collapse and rebound. As the landslide continued to move underwater, wave crests and troughs would fuel the ocean's relentless onslaught.
"It will diminish in size as it moves forward," Ward told the Daily News. "But even if it loses 90% of its height it would still be huge. An 8-meter [26-foot] wave would be devastating."
I think its important for us to note that this process at CUMBRE VIEJA is 98% complete according to the scientists who are studying it, so as the TEMPTATIONS might say, GET READY! Also, coming from the Canary Islands, there is the AFRiCAN ANCESTRAL CONNECTION, hmmm...
They've been talking about getting out of NY. I hope they hurry up and do it. This thing sounds like it could wipe out the entire Eastern seaboard.
Between California falling into the Pacific and the east coast being swallowed by the Atlantic looks like we will all be squeezed into the midwest