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Unstable sea slab could cause monster tsunami in north QLD

 
terrabe

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12/20/2012 08:19 PM
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Unstable sea slab could cause monster tsunami in north QLD
AN ENORMOUS slab of sea floor is in the early stages of collapse off north Queensland, and could generate a tsunami when it finally breaks off, researchers warn.

The one cubic kilometre slab - dubbed the Noggin Block - is the remains of an ancient underwater landslide, and sits perched on the edge of the continental shelf.

Researchers discovered it while mapping the sea floor around the Great Barrier Reef.

James Cook University marine biologist Robin Beaman says the slab will eventually break away from the Great Barrier Reef and when that happens it could generate a huge tsunami.

"It's actually up on the top of the continental slope in about 350 metres of water,'' Dr Beaman told ABC radio.

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12/20/2012 09:45 PM
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Re: Unstable sea slab could cause monster tsunami in north QLD
Would this be the tsunami people have been talking about for the east coast?
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12/20/2012 10:12 PM
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Re: Unstable sea slab could cause monster tsunami in north QLD
If it was only off Victoria, huh?

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