Ancient tsunami ‘hit New York’

Published on May 3rd, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

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A huge tsunami may have crashed into the New York City region over 2000 years ago, dumping sediment and shells across Long Island and New Jersey and casting wood debris far up the Hudson River.

Steven Goodbred, an Earth scientist at Vanderbilt University, said large gravel, marine fossils and other unusual deposits found in sediment cores across the area date to 2,300 years ago.

The size and distribution of material would require a high velocity wave and strong currents to move it, he said, and it is unlikely that short bursts produced in a storm would suffice.

“If we’re wrong, it was one heck of a storm,” said Dr Goodbred.

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2 Responses to Ancient tsunami ‘hit New York’

  1. This was really fascinating to me since I live in NY.
    I saw a Discovery show this week on this very subject.
    They say it going to hit again.

  2. Sevaan says:

    Do you remember what the program was called? I’d like to look out for it incase it is repeated.

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