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Yucatan struck by Tsunami 1,500 years ago

New evidence suggests the Yucatan Peninsula may have been hit by multiple tsunamis between 1,500 to 900 years ago. There are several lines of evidence for an ancient tsunami, foremost a large, wedge-shaped berm about 15 feet above sea level paved with washing machine-sized stones, said the researchers. Set back in

Tsunamis flooded medieval Geneva, Switzerland

New findings have revealed that nearly 1,500 years ago a tsunami cause massive flooding in Geneva, Switzerland. The team analyzed a massive sediment deposit at the bottom of the lake's easternmost corner and determined that the material had once sat above the lake and had slid all at once into the

6,000-year-old settlement hints at tsunami

Researchers working at one of the oldest settlements in Ireland have uncovered a shellfish midden containing a mysterious black layer of organic material which may be evidence of a Stone Age tsunami. Radiocarbon dating of a shellfish midden on Fanore Beach in north Clare have revealed it to be at least

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 destroyed home of Olympic Games

New research suggests that a series of tsunamis, not an earthquake, destroyed the birthplace of the Olympic Games 1500 years ago in ancient Greece. Strong evidence for repeated tsunamis came from the presence of molluscs, snail shells and the remains of abundant foraminifera (marine protozoa). The sediments were transported inland at

Lost city of Atlantis found in Spain?

Evidence of a ringed city submerged by tsunamis thousands of years ago has been found in Spain. [Thx Christine!] The team of archeologists and geologists in 2009 and 2010 used a combination of deep-ground radar, digital mapping, and underwater technology to survey the site. Freund's discovery in central Spain of a strange

Indonesian shipwreck found after tsunami

An old sunken ship, complete with green and gray ceramics, has been found near the Indonesian shore, after being pushed closer by the October 26 tsunami. Fishermen who found the vessel believe the Oct. 26 wave off the Mentawai islands — which killed more than 500 people — lifted the

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