Skip to comments.Meteorite Strikes, Setting Off a Tsunami: Did It Happen Here?[NY]
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, theres 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 Universitys 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.
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Sure why not. It is on the ocean.
Sounds like a great solution to the problems of New York and New Jersey...especially F(ag)ire Island.
Yes, it did, and now twice on FR even.
Sure....no one promised you a Rose garden...
Then, of course, is the possibility of the East Coast being wiped out by the island of La Palma:
Except nobody 2,300 years ago had yet heard those things.
A Tsunami.That would be a fitting end to the sewer of New York.
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Rain of Iron and IceOn 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)
by John S. Lewis