Alaska Under Investigation: Possible Mega-tsunami Triggered by Ice Melt

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A team of scientists released a statement discussing a possible giant, dangerous tsunami in Alaska that could occur in the next 12 months.

The potential risks of such an unfortunate event are severe, yet there are still too many things left unknown, such as how or when the mega-tsunami could hit. Here is what you need to know.

Alaska’s Fate Examined

What the team discovered is truly shocking. The glacier retreat in Prince William Sound and the south coast of Alaska trigger the mountain sloped over Barry Arm, approximately 60 miles east of Anchorage. Such results were obtained by examining satellite data.

According to the satellite imagery, the Barry Glacier retreats from Barry Arm because of the continuous process of ice melting. Also, a giant rocky scar dubbed a scarp is resurfacing on the mountain above it. How dangerous is this?

The team said that a slow-moving, gradual landslide is already happening above the fjord. However, if the rock face were to give away abruptly, the consequences could be severe. And the area is one frequented by recreational and commercial boats, including cruise ships.

Geophysicist Chunli Dai from the Ohio State University released a statement. He said: “[…] we calculated that a collapse would release 16 times more debris and 11 times more energy than Alaska’s 1958 Lituya Bay landslide and mega-tsunami.”

What to Expect

If the scientists’ measurements are accurate, we should expect an unfortunate scenario. Back in 1958, the event was compared to the explosion of an atomic bomb.

Preliminary modeling from a May report (not yet examined) indicates a tsunami of hundreds of feet in elevation. Possibly the more significant takeaway is that the consequences of the relatively fast glacier melt in the era of climate change could mean similar types of landslide or tsunami in many other regions around the world.

The situation is worrying worldwide. Climate change really brings the worst in Earth. 

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