2021-09-20 17:06:13 UTC
You thought the bad stuff this decade was winding down?
Las Palmas, in the Canary Islands, is a steep volcanic island. It's also unstable.
A big chunk of the western coast of the island may slide into the
ocean. If it does so all at once, it will generate a tsunami.
The worst case scenario has a 50 foot wave reaching the
east coast of the US 7-9 hours later:
Note that that's the WORST case. Later research suggests
its much more likely that the area will slide in a number of
smaller events, probably harmlessly (unless your house is
Why bring this up? Yesterday the same island, in the same
area, started experiencing a volcanic eruption. Lava has
already spilled down destroying homes.
IF there's suitable contact between seawater and the lava,
the steam explosion could start the landslide. And in a
Niven/Pournelle novel, Of Course It Would.