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The tsunamis of Olympia

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« on: February 05, 2012, 07:20:13 pm »

In support of the Olympic tsunami hypothesis is the fact that both on the sea facing side of the hilly terrain as well as in Olympia, identical high-energy sediments were found. “The deposits at Olympia have the same signature as the tsunami deposits upstream in the Alpheus valley,” said Vött. He ruled out an earthquake as the cause, as the fallen column drums of the Temple of Zeus  actually “float” in the sediment.  All sedimentological, geochemical, geomorphological and geo-archaeological findings support the new, sensational Olympic tsunami hypothesis.  Detailed analysis of faunal species composition, the origin and age of micro-organisms and age determination of sediments are being carried out, and these results will be available soon.

Tsunamis are a frequent occurrence in the eastern Mediterranean, which is mainly due to the high seismic activity along the Hellenic arc where the African plate pushes under the Eurasian plate, triggering strong earthquakes often with an accompanying tsunami. The last giant tsunami devastated coastal regions in 1908 after an earthquake in the Straits of Messina (southern Italy) where more than 100,000 people died. However, in the southern Aegean Sea in 1956, a 30 metre high wave was recorded. “An analysis of historical records has shown that in western Greece on average every 8-11 years, a tsunami occurred,” Vött confirmed.

For more information visit the Eastern Ionian Sea Tsunami Project website
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Geographical Institute of the Johannes Gutenberg University

Mamo, B. L.; Strotz, L. C.; Dominey-Howes, D.  Tsunami sediments and their foraminiferal assemblages, American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2009
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