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Meteorite Strikes, Setting Off a Tsunami: Did It Happen Here?[NY]
NY Times ^ | 29 Dec 2008 | Kenneth Chang

Posted on 12/31/2008 2:26:04 PM PST by BGHater

The tsunami washed over Fire Island and, to the west, waves perhaps as high as 20 feet spilled into Lower Manhattan. The furious onrush of water left sediment a foot and a half deep on the Jersey Shore, and debris cascaded far up the Hudson River.

No, there’s no need to rush to higher ground, commandeer a rowboat in Central Park or empty the closet to grab the rubber boots. This disaster occurred about 2,300 years ago, though how bad it was, or even if it was a tsunami, remains in dispute.

But several geologists have collected evidence indicating that something very big and unusual occurred in waters near the New York area around 300 B.C., give or take a century. And Dallas Abbott, a research scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, is asserting that a meteorite, landing somewhere in the Atlantic, generated the tsunami.

Someone at the tip of Lower Manhattan then would probably have seen “something coming in,” Dr. Abbott said. “Then you would hear a big bang, maybe a series of bangs, something that sounded like gunfire or cannons. It would be a really, really loud noise. And then you would be knocked to the ground by the air blast. And then you would be inundated by the tsunami.”

While not nearly as severe as the tsunami that killed more than 180,000 people in South and Southeast Asia in 2004, “it would have been a bad day to end all bad days,” she said, “in all senses.”

Although American Indians had long been living in and around the area that became New York, Dr. Abbott said there was no archeological evidence of a tsunami or known legends of, say, a terrible flood. She has built her case with diamonds, very tiny ones.

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


TOPICS: History; Science
KEYWORDS: atlantis; catastrophism; godsgravesglyphs; meteorite; newyork; tsunami

1 posted on 12/31/2008 2:26:05 PM PST by BGHater
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To: SunkenCiv

Splash ping.

300BC.


2 posted on 12/31/2008 2:26:39 PM PST by BGHater (Tyranny is always better organised than freedom)
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To: BGHater

Sure why not. It is on the ocean.


3 posted on 12/31/2008 2:27:27 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: BGHater
Seems to me I remember a story about a big boat and a bunch if different animals.....
4 posted on 12/31/2008 2:32:54 PM PST by rightwingextremist1776
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To: rightwingextremist1776
Did A Comet Cause The Great Flood?
5 posted on 12/31/2008 2:37:30 PM PST by BGHater (Tyranny is always better organised than freedom)
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To: BGHater
Dr. Rentaro Wakayama thinks that it is Godzilla; however, personally I am dubious.


6 posted on 12/31/2008 2:55:51 PM PST by dr_who
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To: BGHater

Sounds like a great solution to the problems of New York and New Jersey...especially F(ag)ire Island.


7 posted on 12/31/2008 3:03:43 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: BGHater

Yes, it did, and now twice on FR even.


8 posted on 12/31/2008 3:11:30 PM PST by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: BGHater

Sure....no one promised you a Rose garden...


9 posted on 12/31/2008 3:17:06 PM PST by thinking
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To: BGHater

Then, of course, is the possibility of the East Coast being wiped out by the island of La Palma:

http://www.rense.com/general13/tidal.htm


10 posted on 12/31/2008 3:28:58 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: BGHater
"Someone at the tip of Lower Manhattan ... would hear a big bang, maybe a series of bangs, something that sounded like gunfire or cannons...

Except nobody 2,300 years ago had yet heard those things.

11 posted on 12/31/2008 3:47:54 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BGHater

A Tsunami.That would be a fitting end to the sewer of New York.


12 posted on 12/31/2008 4:06:39 PM PST by puppypusher (The world is going to the dogs.)
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To: BenLurkin

bttt


13 posted on 12/31/2008 4:08:04 PM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: BGHater; 75thOVI; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; BBell; ...
I'm pretty sure this is a duplicate, but I'm too lazy to check right now. Happy New Year, all, and thanks BGHater for the topic and ping.
 
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14 posted on 01/01/2009 3:18:06 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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Hi, Honey!
I’m home!


15 posted on 01/01/2009 3:21:59 PM PST by Monkey Face (This tagline has been rendered obsolete. Please call your local consumer advocate for updates.)
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Rain of Iron and Ice
by John S. Lewis
On November 27,1919, a meteorite fell into Lake Michigan near the Michigan shore. "Residents of Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, South Bend, Grand Haven, and other Western Michigan cities fled from their homes in panic, fearing an earthquake. Houses were shaken, the country was illuminated as by a bright sun's rays, so all-enveloping it was impossible to tell from which direction the flare came, the earth trembled for half a moment and then came a deep prolonged rumbling as of a terrific explosion." (p 159)

16 posted on 01/02/2009 6:52:30 PM PST by SunkenCiv ("A plague on both your houses!" -- Romeo and Juliet, III, i, 94)
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