The tsunami that devastated ancient Britain just over 8,000 years ago: new evidence

Posted: July 18, 2020 by oldbrew in Geology, History, research, waves
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Position of the Storegga Slide (west of Norway). The yellow numbers give the height of the tsunami wave as tsunamites recently studied by researchers [credit: Lamiot @ Wikipedia] – Mer du Nord = North Sea


The report states: ‘It is thought the tsunami, the largest to hit Northern Europe since the end of the last ice age, happened following a period of global climate change.’
We can only speculate as to the cause(s) of such climate happenings.

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Scientists have found new evidence of a massive tsunami that devastated ancient Britain in the year 6200 BC on the east coast of England, reports the Daily Mail.

The giant tsunami event, known as the Storegga Slide, was caused when an area of seabed the size of Scotland – around 30,000 square miles – under the Norwegian Sea suddenly shifted.

New geological evidence reveals three successive waves tore across an ancient land bridge connecting Britain with the rest of Europe, known as Doggerland, now submerged beneath the North Sea.

The waves of biblical proportions would have caused devastating damage and had a catastrophic effect on human populations on the inhabited land.

Evidence of the event had already been found in Scandinavia, the Faroe Islands, northeast Britain, and Greenland, but no direct evidence for the event had been recovered from the southern end of the North Sea until now.

Underwater deposits including stones and broken shells taken from the North Sea, in an area south of a marine trough named the Outer Dowsing Deep just off the coast of Lincolnshire, show trademarks of the tsunami event.

Continued here.

Comments
  1. Kip Hansen says:

    The authors apparently felt that their paper might not be published if they failed to blame Climate Change and pretend that it might happen again “because Climate Change”.

  2. Kip Hansen says:

    The original paper in Geosciences does not contain the word combination “climate change” — not even once. It does not contain the word “climate” by itself. I suspect that the DailyMail author uses what are called in journalism “forced quotes” or “pulled quotes” — in which the journalist asks some off the wall question like “Do you think this was caused by Climate Change?” (entirely off the subject of an ancient tsunami) and then quotes the reply as if it applies to the subject at hand.

    Here’s the “forced quote”:

    “Professor Gaffney believes the climate-change events leading up to the Storegga tsunami have many similarities to those of today. [he certainly said no such thing in his paper and is quoted saying no such thing in this news piece – kh ]

    ‘Climate is changing and this impacts on many aspects of society, especially in coastal locations,’ he said.

  3. Kip Hansen says:

    I have emailed Dr. Gaffney to ask if he has been misrepresented or misquoted.

  4. MrGrimNasty says:

    Click to access IR_15_043%20%20BGS%20Tsunami%20catalogue%20update.pdf

    1607 looks ‘interesting’.

    https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/14319630.the-long-view-the-day-a-tsunami-hit-gwent/

    Apparently La Palma (Canary Islands) is overdue a flank collapse, has been modeled that parts of the UK could get a 10-20m.

  5. Sara Hall says:

    This paper from 2005 is quite interesting and and mentions “climatic variability”, namely the effects of glaciation and isostasy. http://www.ig.uit.no/geo3128/02-Bryn_etal_MPG_2005.pdf

  6. oldbrew says:

    Cumbre Vieja threat may be overrated.

    Murty et al. (2005) claim that it is almost impossible for a trans-oceanic tsunami to be generated in the basin of the Atlantic Ocean, which—if correct—supports the work by many other researchers that the failure of the western flank of the Cumbre Vieja would be unlikely to generate a “mega-tsunami”.

    Mr Grim’s pdf link says:
    The geological model indicates that another glacial period will be required to allow the
    build out of the volume of sediment needed for failure again in the Storegga area (Solheim et al., 2005).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cumbre_Vieja#Future_threats

  7. Stephen Richards says:

    This was reported on UK TV several years ago. It’s old.

    [reply] the study was published 4 days ago

  8. hunterson7 says:

    It is interesting to consider how “climate change” is invoked into nearly everything that is discussed, no matter how irrelevant or out of context. This behavior seems so similar to how Pravda would invoke “Marxist-Leninist” ideas into nearly every article, Or how religious ages would invoke their deity’s favorite dogma into nearly all writing.

  9. oldbrew says:

    The study was published 15 July 2020.

    Multi-Proxy Characterisation of the Storegga Tsunami and Its Impact on the Early Holocene Landscapes of the Southern North Sea
    https://www.mdpi.com/2076-3263/10/7/270/htm

  10. Paul Vaughan says:

    Kip, even my dental office sent me an e-mail advising me (common advice nowadays) to reduce my exposure to MSM. Outsourcing so much of the script-writing to incomprehensibly snaky “allies” has turned the public orthogonal to the intended spin. MSM that pushes too hard drives the herd in a direction other than that intended by the so-called “masters”.

  11. Doonhamer says:

    Merde du nord = UK

  12. oldbrew says:

    4 min. animation video…

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