The Severn Tsunami? The Story of Britains Greatest Natural Disaster
In the devastating Asian tsunami on Boxing Day , a 1,km stretch of the Indian tectonic plate was thrust up to 20 metres under the Burma plate, raising the seabed by several metres.
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The energy released was the equivalent to 23, Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs and, on the coastline of Sumatra near the epicentre, waves were up to 10 metres high. By comparison, contemporary accounts suggest damage from the Great Flood was restricted to Britain. But if it was a tsunami, places including Brittany, Spain, Portugal and the west of Ireland should also have been affected, says Mr Hall.
Conditions very far removed from those we would associate with a storm. Sooner or later, the mix of high tides and severe storms traditionally blamed for the flood will happen again — on average they occur once every to 1, years.
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And should a 25ft wall of water travelling at 30mph strike again, would the consequences be as devastating? He maintains there is evidence salt marshes were torn out of the Severn estuary in the early 17th century and only a tsunami would have the power to erode the coastline in this way. By Darren Devine. The flood plaque at Goldcliff Parish Church Get the biggest daily stories by email Subscribe We will use your email address only for the purpose of sending you newsletters.https://giazandownma.tk
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