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03rd Oct 2015

Scientists are sh*tting themselves about a 1,000ft tsunami that could wipe out mankind

Ben Kenyon

If it’s not deadly asteroids hurtling towards Earth, it’s killer volcanoes or global pandemics that could strike down every man, woman and child from here to Timbuktu.

Every week there’s a new threat to mankind that scientists are sh*tting themselves about. And it’s making us jumpy.

The latest thing that our learned friends have got into a big old tizzy about is mega tsunamis.

Scientists believe a wave 1,000ft high swept across the globe about 73,000 years ago after a huge volacano collapsed off the coast of west Africa.

Now they’re panicking such a catastrophe could happen again…and without warning.

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To put this into perspective, the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami which killed 230,000 people was 100ft high.

“Our point is that flank collapses can happen extremely fast and catastrophically, and therefore are capable of triggering giant tsunamis,” lead scientists Dr Ricardo Ramalho said.

“They probably don’t happen very often. But we need to take this into account when we think about the hazard potential of these kinds of volcanic features.”

Worryingly, the Fogo Volcano, on Cape Verde, which sparked this mega wave is still active and erupts every 20 years.