MOUNT Etna is one of the most active and destructive volcanoes in the world - having wiped out entire villages after shooting lava and ash hundreds of feet into the air. We examine Europe's tallest active volcano and look at where it is based, when it last erupted, and why it's sliding into the Mediterranean. Where is Mount Etna? The volcano Mount Etna sits on the east coast of the island of Sicily, Italy. It is set between the cities of Messina and Catania and lies between the convergent plate margin between the African Plate and the Eurasian Plate. Towering Etna is the tallest active volcano in Europe and stands at a staggering 3,329m - making it the highest peak in Italy south of the Alps. Etna is also by far the largest of three active volcanoes in Italy and roughly two and a half times the height of the second largest Mount Vesuvius. Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is an almost constant state of activity. The fertile soil around the volcano … [Read more...] about Where is Mount Etna, is it sliding into the Mediterranean Sea and will it cause a tsunami?
Destruction caused by tsunami
The death toll for those affected by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia has reached more than 800, officials said. Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency said the number of people who have died after a tsunami triggered by a huge earthquake hit Palu was 832. Waves up to 10ft high swept through the city on Sulawesi island at speeds of almost 500mph on Friday. The death toll for the disaster is feared to be in the thousands still, according to Vice President of Indonesia, Jusuf Kalla. An agency spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, told a news conference that many people were reported trapped under the rubble of buildings brought down in the earthquake. Video footage captured by onlookers on Friday showed the destruction caused by the earthquake, as water was seen spilling into streets and part-submerging buildings. A young woman was pulled alive from the rubble of the Roa Roa Hotel, the news website … [Read more...] about Death toll for Indonesia earthquake and tsunami ‘at least 832’
MICHAEL DALY Last updated 14:51, August 13 2018 Jose Borrero, eCoast Marine Consulting and Research An animation of the tsunami caused by the 1868 magnitude 8.5-9 earthquake offshore from the Chile-Peru border region. It is the only tsunami known to have killed anyone in New Zealand since the arrival of Europeans. A massive earthquake off Peru 150 years ago ruptured 600km of seafloor, causing a tsunami that churned across the Pacific Ocean, crashing into the Chatham Islands and causing a 10 metre-high wave that killed maybe 20 people.Thought to be the only deadly tsunami in New Zealand's recorded history, the killer wave, which struck soon after midnight, is being remembered at an event at the Chathams on Wednesday.A few hours after hitting the Chathams, the 1868 tsunami smashed into Banks Peninsula. During the following day, the sea rose and fell rapidly along the east coast from Mangonui in the north to Bluff in the south, and in a few places along … [Read more...] about Only deadly NZ tsunami on record hit the Chathams, 150 years ago
A HUGE iceberg is threatening to swamp a tiny village in Greenland, sparking fears that the ice could break and cause a tsunami. Here's what we know about the situation so far. What is the Greenland iceberg? A 100-metre-high (330ft) iceberg has drifted close to the tiny Innaarsuit island settlement on Greenland's west coast, prompting fears it will break up and cause a tsunami. The iceberg is 650 ft wide - almost the length of two football pitches and towers over the community, which has a population of about 170. Authorities have told residents of the Innaarsuit island settlement living near the shore to move to higher ground. Lina Davidsen, of Greenland Police, said: “We fear the iceberg could calve [break apart] and send a flood towards the village." Susanne Eliassen, a member of Innaarsuit’s council, said it was not unusual for large icebergs to be seen close to the community. She added: “But this iceberg is the biggest we have seen ... and there are cracks and … [Read more...] about What is the Greenland Iceberg, could it cause a tsunami and is climate change to blame?
The town of Nuugaatsiaq on Greenland’s west coast was hit by a tsunami on Sunday devastating the town and the people living there. They were, along with the people of the towns hit on north-west coast were evacuated by helicopters. According to Greenland National Radio Kalaallit Nunaata KNR there are unconfirmed reports about lives lost and clearly many people lost their home and all theirs possessions. Facebook : John Sivertsen The sea waves in Uummannaq, Illorsuit and Upernavik were also extremely high, and destructive. An earthquake of 4.0 magnitudes west of Nuugaatsiaq caused the tsunami, A mountain collapsed into the sea in north west Greenland causing the tsunami wave to hit the Uummanaq fjord system. Hundreds of people have been evacuated and the damage to towns that were hit the hardest by the wave are devastating. The scale of the mountain collapse can be seen here. The red dot shows the side of the mountain collapse. Image from KNR KNR also reports that the police has … [Read more...] about Natural catastrophe in Greenland caused by tsunami