Scientists who spend their days and grant money expense allowances in rural B&Bs looking for bits of rock that don't fit in with other bits of rock in the area have thrilling news for anyone welcoming an apocalypse as a way to end today's troubles. They think we're more likely to be literally wiped off the map by a mega-tsunami than previously thought. Bring it on, sea gods. Wash the pain away. I'm already wearing my trunks.
It's a well established scientific fact that the east coast of Scotland and the surrounding coasts of northern Europe were rinsed out by a massive tsunami that hit around 8,000 years ago, which is not much to worry about as one tsunami every 8,000 years is probably OK. However, they now think there may have been more tsunamis than this, which means there might be more. A teetering lump of rock underwater somewhere might be on the brink of doing it again, says a team involving Dundee University that's led by the British Geological Survey, which believes it has found evidence of other UK-battering tsunamis on Shetland that hit 5,000 and 1,500 years ago.
All of which means we're probably due another one any day now, so maybe start being scared of the sea as well as everything else, and perhaps consider making your next house move to somewhere up a hill.
The BGS's professor Dave Tappin said: "They're much higher frequency, and 1,500 years ago is very, very recent -- it's 500 AD if you want to think about it like that. It means that the hazard -- the risk -- is far more serious than we thought previously. And so what we're trying to do now is better define it." [BBC]
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