"And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea..."
In this brand new story over at the Daily Mail they report that La Palma island in the Canary Islands had recently seen 352 earthquakes in a period of 10 days with hundreds of mini-quakes recorded on the seabed. Reporting within their story that the quakes have been so small that most residents of the island, also a popular tourist attraction, haven't even felt them, they also report that the last time the island saw a volcanic eruption was all the way back in 1971.
And while the Canary Islands seem to be a world away to most Americans, so why should they care about what's going on more than 3,000 miles away, those paying attention know that in a worst-case scenario, a volcanic eruption of Cumbre Vieja could nearly instantly send a crippling wall of water towards the US East coast and across the entire Atlantic ocean, moving at estimates of up to 500 miles per hour, as the 'mountain of fire' crumbles into the sea.
Ensuring that a tsunami would arrive in such metropolitan coastal areas as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC and south to Atlanta and Miami, it's long been warned that a catastrophic failure of the Western flank of the volcano could send millions of tons of earth into the surrounding ocean.
As we see outlined below, while such a worst-case-scenario would require many different variables, such a scenario carried out to its worst potential would instantly become the biggest natural disaster in modern history. From the Mirror.:
If it was to blow, Cumbre Vieja could cause a mega tsunami . Some experts believe the volcano is in the initial stages of failure, meaning a big enough eruption could cause a massive landslide to enter the Atlantic Ocean.
It could result in waves as high as 600m (approx. 1,968'!), travelling at around 450mph, meaning the African coast would be submerged within an hour, and the southern coastlines of the British Isles in just three and a half hours.
As we see in the map above, most of the east coast of the United States would be in a 7-to-8-hour 'arrival zone' should that 'worst case scenario' happen with almost unbelievable estimates of a 100'+ wall of water arriving as we see in the 1st video below, a simulation of what might happen to our planet Earth should Cumbre Vieja go. Such a scenario would truly be Biblical and as we're told in this story over at the BBC, has already happened long ago on a different island.
Huge landslides and the mega-tsunami that they cause are extremely rare - the last one happened 4,000 years ago on the island of Réunion. The growing concern is that the ideal conditions for just such a landslide - and consequent mega-tsunami - now exist on the island of La Palma in the Canaries. In 1949 the southern volcano on the island erupted. During the eruption an enormous crack appeared across one side of the volcano, as the western half slipped a few metres towards the Atlantic before stopping in its tracks. Although the volcano presents no danger while it is quiescent, scientists believe the western flank will give way completely during some future eruption on the summit of the volcano. In other words, any time in the next few thousand years a huge section of southern La Palma, weighing 500 thousand million tonnes, will fall into the Atlantic ocean.
What will happen when the volcano on La Palma collapses? Scientists predict that it will generate a wave that will be almost inconceivably destructive, far bigger than anything ever witnessed in modern times. It will surge across the entire Atlantic in a matter of hours, engulfing the whole US east coast, sweeping away everything in its path up to 20km inland. Boston would be hit first, followed by New York, then all the way down the coast to Miami and the Caribbean.
According to Wikipedia, the East Coast of the United States from Florida to Maine is the home to more than 112 million people. With coastlines at elevations of below sea level to 270' above sea level for several hundred miles inland along most of the coast as we see in the elevation map below from FloodMap.net, every major city along the east coast is in the line of fire should that worst-case-scenario come to pass.
As Modern Survival Blog outlines for us in this story titled "How Far Inland Would A 300' Tsunami Go On The East Coast", much of how far inland a tsunami would go depends upon the energy behind it. As we see in the simulation video below, a 100' tsunami hitting the east coast would depend upon an approx. 500 cubic km collapse. Should the collapse be bigger, the energy involved would be much more while likewise, a smaller collapse would mean much less energy. From their story.:
So here’s the question… “IF” a 300 foot tsunami reached the East Coast, how far inland would it go? The short answer, and one that many may think to be accurate, is that it will go inland until the elevation of the land is higher than the tsunami.
While that sounds logical, there are variables… Actually, the distance a tsunami will travel inland has more to do with the energy it still has left as it hits the shore.
Out of curiosity and an interest in maps, I have custom built the following elevation maps based on high resolution data from USGS digital elevation maps of the United States, particularly the East Coast. I have modeled several layers of elevation of the East Coast to illustrate various height scenarios of tsunami versus geography as it travels inland.
Several observations regarding a 300 foot tsunami would be the probable devastation of the following major East Coast cities…
CITY, (Current elevation above sea level, feet) Portland, ME (~ 50′) Boston, MA (~ 30′) New Haven, CT (~ 50′) Bridgeport, CT (~ 40′) New York City, NY (~ 20′) Jersey City, NJ (~ 30′) Newark, NJ (~ 50′) Atlantic City, NJ (~ 10′) Wilmington, DE (~ 80′) Philadelphia, PA (~ 40′) Virginia Beach, VA (~ 10′) Wilmington, NC (~ 20′) Myrtle Beach, SC (~ 20′) Charleston, SC (~ 10′) Savannah, GA (~ 10′) Daytona Beach, FL (less than 10′) West Palm Beach, FL (less than 10′) Fort Lauderdale, FL (less than 10′) Miami, FL (less than 10′)
As Strange Sounds recently reported, a significant deformation of 5 centimeters was detected at this swarm of quakes and this ground elevation is understood as magma pressing from below and thus raising the ground. Earthquakes release the energy. And while we certainly won't worry about it nor hold our breaths waiting for Cumbre Vieja to explode, especially considering the last major eruption prior to 1971 was all the way back in 1949 and prior to that back in 1712, it's always good for people to have their ears and eyes open and prepared for the worst, especially since those in the danger zones would have so little time to get out, and will be trying to get to higher ground along with 112 million others.
As Unveiling the Apocalypse blog reported, Amongst the various other startling images depicted in the Book of Revelation, the curious scene of a "great mountain, burning with fire" being thrown into the sea appears to be granted a certain significance. The Apocalypse uses recapitulation as a literary device to highlight areas of especial importance. The battle of Armageddon, for example, is referred to in several different places.
The bizarre scene of a mountain being cast into the sea in Rev 8:8 is recapitulated again by the angel throwing a great millstone into the sea in Rev 18:21, connecting this event with the fall of "Babylon" - the ruling world-power in the eschatological age. The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain, burning with fire, was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood. (Rev 8:8) But what could this scene represent?