Deposits May Point To 300BC New York Tsunami

May 3, 2009

New York (Chattahbox) – New evidence has suggested that a tsunami may have hit New York City over 2,000 years ago, in a rare catastrophic event that may prove such storms are possible on the East Coast.

The research, originating from Vanderbilt University, has sparked controversy within the scientific world, with many saying the proof of violent upheaval was likely caused by a landslide, or even an asteroid, and that there is not enough proof to suggest that the debris and deposits found were from a tsunami.

While so far all evidence is largely circumstantial, the many clues left all over New York and New Jersey are all beginning to point in the same direction, and Dr. Steven Goodbred, the lead on the research who first proposed a tsunami as the cause, is convinced.

“If we’re wrong, it was one heck of a storm,” he said.

If correct, it could be proof that tsunamis in the Atlantic are not as unlikely as originally believed.  Though 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, others believe an undersea landslide may have been the likely cause.

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  2. CU Alum on May 16th, 2009 6:54 pm

    “…a rare catastrophic event that may prove such storms are possible on the East Coast.”

    Tsunamis are not storms. They are massive movements of seawater caused by earthquakes (like the one in the Indian Ocean a few years back), underwater landslides, meteor strikes, etc. That’s why the scientist is quoted as saying it was “one heck of a storm” only “if we’re wrong” about it being a tsunami.

    Also, scientists have never doubted that tsunamis are possible along the east coast. There is disagreement about how often they occur in the region, but not about whether they occur at all.

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