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Tsunami-Generating Earthquake Could Hit Lebanon 'Anytime'

 
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A Tsunami-generating earthquake, similar to the one that hit Lebanon back in 551 A.D., lies dangerously just six kilometers off the Lebanese coast, according to a new underwater survey by an international team of geophysicists.
Responsible for the build-up of the Mount Lebanon range that towers around 10,000 feet above sea level, the previously unknown submarine fault moves roughly every 1,500 years, said a report published by the Discovery News website.

That suggests a disaster -- similar to the earthquake and tsunami that destroyed most of the coastal cities of Phoenicia (modern-day Lebanon) on July 9, 551 -- could be due any day, the report said.

It said historical accounts indicate that the ancient event was a true cataclysm, with the sea retreating up to 10,000 feet. Tripoli was reported to have "drowned," while Beirut took almost 1,300 years to recover.

"It was arguably one of the most devastating historical submarine earthquakes in the eastern Mediterranean," Ata Elias of the National Center for Geophysical Research in Beirut, Lebanon, and colleagues wrote in the current issue of the journal Geology.

To trace the origin of the disaster, Elias and colleagues used high-resolution sonar to map the contours of the sea floor between the Lebanese coastal towns of Enfeh and Damour, Discovery said.

"The images show details of spectacular submarine ruptures ... that cut the smoothly sediment-mantled seafloor," the researchers wrote.

Running parallel to the coast offshore of Mount Lebanon, the relatively fresh seafloor seismic breaks indicate an active thrust fault is responsible for major earthquakes there, the report pointed out.

It said researchers found additional evidence after examining stretches of coast whose beaches rise like staircases out of the Mediterranean.

According to Elias and colleagues, those terraces are clear indicators of past quakes: each time the fault ruptured, the coastline rose about three feet.

Based on historical evidence and fossilized mollusks collected from a terrace dated to the 6th century A.D., the researchers estimated that the 551 disaster was caused by a rupture at least 62 miles long on the offshore Mount Lebanon thrust.

The rupture caused a magnitude 7.5 quake. Part of the seafloor collapsed by 5 to 10 feet, triggering a devastating tsunami, Discovery recalled.

It said that fossil dating also revealed that at least four earthquakes similar to the 551 event have occurred over the past 6,000 to 7,000 years, suggesting that the seismic behavior of the Mount Lebanon thrust is characterized by a series of clustered quakes — possibly four — each cluster separated by 1,500 to 1,750 years of relative calm.

If so, the quakes in 1837, 1918 and 1956 "might be forerunners of worse to come," the researchers concluded.

According to Rob Butler of University of Leeds's Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics, the researchers "make a convincing case about the source of the A.D. 551 earthquake and its link with the dramatic raised terrace along the coast."

But he is not convinced that earthquakes of the last few decades might be harbingers of the next "big one."

"There is an unavoidable certainty that the [area] will be struck by a devastating earthquake. But it could be any time, perhaps within the next few years, perhaps a hundred years from now," he said.

"The bottom line is, we don't know the odds. In the case of Lebanon, people are literally betting their lives and houses on it," Butler added.



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I doubt the damage would be limited to Lebanon.
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Well.. sigh.. it would end any fighting in the region wouldn't it. Any Arab or Isreali survivors would certainly have to live in peace then wouldn't they..?! There's a crossroads fault line running thru the region, the centre of it being near Armageddon (now a deserted town) & near Isreali nuclear facilities. Why can't the Isreali's just bloody move, take their stupid wailing wall with them.. & settle on a nice tropical island somewhere in the far east? If the land is destroyed, they can't go runnning to their landlord (God..!!) & complain about water leakage, he won't give a fuck, he'll say 'not my problem mate..'
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Well.. sigh.. it would end any fighting in the region wouldn't it. Any Arab or Isreali survivors would certainly have to live in peace then wouldn't they..?! There's a crossroads fault line running thru the region, the centre of it being near Armageddon (now a deserted town) & near Isreali nuclear facilities. Why can't the Isreali's just bloody move, take their stupid wailing wall with them.. & settle on a nice tropical island somewhere in the far east? If the land is destroyed, they can't go runnning to their landlord (God..!!) & complain about water leakage, he won't give a fuck, he'll say 'not my problem mate..'
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once and for all. learn how to fucking spell israel or israeli. it is not isreal or isreali.
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A Tsunami-generating earthquake, similar to the one that hit Lebanon back in 551 A.D., lies dangerously just six kilometers off the Lebanese coast, according to a new underwater survey by an international team of geophysicists.

Responsible for the build-up of the Mount Lebanon range that towers around 10,000 feet above sea level, the previously unknown submarine fault moves roughly every 1,500 years, said a report published by the Discovery News website.

That suggests a disaster -- similar to the earthquake and tsunami that destroyed most of the coastal cities of Phoenicia (modern-day Lebanon) on July 9, 551 -- could be due any day, the report said.

It said historical accounts indicate that the ancient event was a true cataclysm, with the sea retreating up to 10,000 feet. Tripoli was reported to have "drowned," while Beirut took almost 1,300 years to recover.

"It was arguably one of the most devastating historical submarine earthquakes in the eastern Mediterranean," Ata Elias of the National Center for Geophysical Research in Beirut, Lebanon, and colleagues wrote in the current issue of the journal Geology.

To trace the origin of the disaster, Elias and colleagues used high-resolution sonar to map the contours of the sea floor between the Lebanese coastal towns of Enfeh and Damour, Discovery said.

"The images show details of spectacular submarine ruptures ... that cut the smoothly sediment-mantled seafloor," the researchers wrote.

Running parallel to the coast offshore of Mount Lebanon, the relatively fresh seafloor seismic breaks indicate an active thrust fault is responsible for major earthquakes there, the report pointed out.

It said researchers found additional evidence after examining stretches of coast whose beaches rise like staircases out of the Mediterranean.

According to Elias and colleagues, those terraces are clear indicators of past quakes: each time the fault ruptured, the coastline rose about three feet.

Based on historical evidence and fossilized mollusks collected from a terrace dated to the 6th century A.D., the researchers estimated that the 551 disaster was caused by a rupture at least 62 miles long on the offshore Mount Lebanon thrust.

The rupture caused a magnitude 7.5 quake. Part of the seafloor collapsed by 5 to 10 feet, triggering a devastating tsunami, Discovery recalled."

While I am certain there is some genuine underlying research here, the timing of this hack-piece - which has obviously been too rapidly translated from another language - is highly suspicious.

Coming as this does at the same time as the Russians re-establishing their bases in Syria, and shrub declaring a national emergency in the USA due to political problems in Lebanon, it seems as though the neocon hacks are planning on launching another tsunami some time soon.

yes its all OK if there's a warning isn't it ...




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