Millions of Americans who live on the eastern seaboard face disaster as Spain’s Cumbre Vieja proceeds to spew lava, and earthquakes advance detachment of the volcano’s western flank. The whole shelf could break off into the Atlantic Ocean, triggering a massive tsunami that could wipe out New York, Miami, and Washington D.C. in a matter of hours.
Scientists have previously warned that the volcano’s western flank could detach from the island, causing a 500 cubic ton landslide to drop into the ocean 2,000 feet at a speed of 300 miles per hour. According to estimates, the displacement would spawn a tsunami wave up to 2,950 feet tall. The gigantic wave would race toward the U.S. at the speed of a jetliner, striking the U.S. East Coast within five to eight hours.
The fire-spitting beast is located on the Canary Islands arpeggio’s westmost island of La Palma and has been spewing molten rock, ash, gas, and soot over twelve hundred feet into the air over the past few days, lighting up the night sky. Lava flows have destroyed more than 190 homes, burning them to the ground in minutes.
Chiming in on the situation, Israeli News Live founder Steven Ben-Nun says he doesn’t think that “such a massive” tsunami will happen but said that President Joe Biden’s cabinet “felt like it would cause panic,” if the volcano’s danger-level leaks. Ben-Nun says that the White House plans to warn the American people only after National Tsunami Warning Center buoys positioned in the Northern Atlantic respond, which will be too late.
Disaster sImulations show that water displacement caused by the landslide could result in a megatsunami, killing 40 million people within eight hours of the event.
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