We simply cannot have tsunamis on the east coast.
On the contrary. You *will* have one, and a big mofo, too.
One of the Canary islands *will* see a large chunk slide into the Atlantic sooner or later. It has happened before, and it will happen again.
[Just in case those on the West Coast feel better: Hawaii is known to be prone to the same landslides. But Californians should worry about earthquakes first, of course]
Lockridge, Patricia A., Whiteside, Lowell S., Lander, James F., Tsunamis and Tsunami-Like Waves of the Eastern United States
, Science of Tsunami Hazards, 20, 120-148, 2002, has a catalogue of many smaller tsunamis.
"The East Coast of the United States was formerly thought to be relatively free from tsunamis. Today several lines of research are suggesting a different picture. These theories coupled with the history of large waves on the United Statesí East Coast should cause us to rethink and re-evaluate the tsunami hazard for this heavily populated
And we're not even talking about bolide impact tsunamis (for which we can only hope that mankind has made it to the stars before the next big asteroid hits).
Edited by sixela, 01 June 2004 - 02:47 PM.