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Slab of Barrier Reef sea floor breaking off - Could produce a tsunami

 
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Slab of Barrier Reef sea floor breaking off - Could produce a tsunami
A huge slab of sea floor near the Great Barrier Reef is in the early stages of collapse and could generate a tsunami when it finally breaks off, researchers warned Friday.

"We found this one large block that stood out. It is sitting on top of a sub-marine canyon, cutting into the slopes and it is in the preliminary stage of collapse."

He stressed that no one knew when a collapse may occur, "whether tomorrow or even in our lifetime", but that people should be aware that it was there.

"It is slowly giving way although it remains stable under current conditions," he said.

"But it is absolutely going to collapse and when it does fall it will fall one kilometre into the adjacent basin.

"This will generate a localised tsunami that will affect the Queensland coastline, which is around 70 kilometres (40 miles) away.

"We're not trying to alarm people, but we need to know it is there and what could happen when it falls," he added.

Read full article at: [link to phys.org]
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Re: Slab of Barrier Reef sea floor breaking off - Could produce a tsunami
Seen this on 3min news this morning pretty interesting
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Re: Slab of Barrier Reef sea floor breaking off - Could produce a tsunami
Yup - that is where I got it from ... just watched it myself (I'm running a bit late today LOL).

I thought it was interesting also. And the fact that the scientists who said this are on the same ship who looked for Sandy Island.
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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.

[link to www.news.com.au]
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Re: Slab of Barrier Reef sea floor breaking off - Could produce a tsunami
A huge slab of sea floor near the Great Barrier Reef is in the early stages of collapse and could generate a tsunami when it finally breaks off, researchers warned Friday.

"We found this one large block that stood out. It is sitting on top of a sub-marine canyon, cutting into the slopes and it is in the preliminary stage of collapse."

He stressed that no one knew when a collapse may occur, "whether tomorrow or even in our lifetime", but that people should be aware that it was there.

"It is slowly giving way although it remains stable under current conditions," he said.

"But it is absolutely going to collapse and when it does fall it will fall one kilometre into the adjacent basin.

"This will generate a localised tsunami that will affect the Queensland coastline, which is around 70 kilometres (40 miles) away.

"We're not trying to alarm people, but we need to know it is there and what could happen when it falls," he added.

Read full article at: [link to phys.org]
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Well, since only Aussies will be affected, we shouldn't pay it much mind...no great loss tounge

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