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Kerry island structure may be due to tsunami waves in medieval times
Irish Central ^ | Thursday, July 26, 2012 | Patrick Counihan

Posted on 07/26/2012 8:31:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Alan E Hayden, the director of more than 200 medieval excavations in Ireland, believes the grouping of islands off the Kerry coast suggests earthquake and tsunami wave style damage...

The Times report adds: "A folk tale collected by a teacher in the early part of the last century offers an explanation for local place names connected to a road that ran from Dolus Head through the islands to Skellig.

"The road, a pre-medieval structure, is called Bóthar na Scairte, or road of the cataclysm, and it is traceable for some distance on Valentia. In the folk tale the road and a local hero were destroyed by a great cataclysm, probably an earthquake followed by a wave.

"According to the tale, 'a terrible wave 50ft high' rushed towards a gathering of people on a summer day on Valentia. Everyone except the hero scrambled to higher ground. The wave separated Skellig and Valentia from each other."

Hayden says that the occurrence of tsunamis affecting the south and west coasts of Ireland is surprisingly well documented.

A 1775 earthquake in the Portuguese capital Lisbon caused a tsunami which reached Kinsale and which flooded the Spanish Arch in Galway.

He also noted that in the 1850s a tidal wave washed 15 men off the cliffs of Inishmore.

(Excerpt) Read more at irishcentral.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; countyclare; fartyshadesofgreen; godsgravesglyphs; ireland; tsunami
Beginish and Church Islands from Valentia Isalnd [Photo by Reencaheragh Cottage]

Beginish and Church Islands from Valentia Isalnd [Photo by Reencaheragh Cottage]

1 posted on 07/26/2012 8:32:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 07/26/2012 8:36:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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3 posted on 07/26/2012 8:36:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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4 posted on 07/26/2012 8:46:45 PM PDT by Raycpa
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5 posted on 07/26/2012 11:05:00 PM PDT by moose07 (The truth will out, one day.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Wave after wave, each mightier than the last,
Till last, a ninth one, gathering half the deep
And full of voices, slowly rose and plunged
Roaring, and all the wave was in a flame
— Tennyson


6 posted on 07/27/2012 3:06:25 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: SunkenCiv

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7 posted on 07/27/2012 6:02:05 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SunkenCiv
And only two years ago the British superliner Oriana was struck by a 70ft wave that smashed windows and sent water cascading through the ship, swamping six of its 10 decks. A month later eight men were killed when a freak wave struck the Anorient trawler 87 miles west of Loop Head in Co Clare...

That would be a rogue wave, a different phenomenon than tsunamis. For years most people refused to believe they existed.

8 posted on 07/27/2012 2:11:11 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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Surely even a rogue wave would have left an impact in other locations as well. Perhaps new searches will be stimulated by this finding.


9 posted on 07/27/2012 9:05:02 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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