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Evidence confirms Herodotus event

New research has confirmed an event recorded by Herodotus 2,500 years ago where a greek town was saved when a tsunami wiped out an invading Persian army.

Earthquakes and landslides in the region, combined with a colossal, bathtub-shaped basin in the seafloor near the northwestern Greek coast, are capable of producing tsunamis from 7 to 16 feet (2 to 5 meters) high, according to models Reicherter and colleagues ran based on available data.

To further back their suspicions, the team dated shells found in the sand deposited by the tsunami. “They fit quite nicely: around 500 B.C., plus or minus 25 to 30 years,” Reicherter said.

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Story: Andrea Mustain | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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