Sunday, November 8, 2009
Tsunami from Thera Eruption
I suppose they always knew this would have occurred after the gigantic eruption of the volcano at Thera, which blew up most of the island sometime during the 17th-16th century BCE and is credited with causing the collapse of civilizations around the Mediterranean thereafter. Thera is thought to have erupted between 1630 and 1550 B.C., or the Late Bronze Age, a time when many human cultures made tools and weapons of bronze. Scholars say the tsunamis and dense clouds of volcanic ash from the eruption had cultural repercussions that rippled across the Eastern Mediterranean for decades, even centuries. The fall of Minoan civilization is usually dated to around 1450 B.C. Geologists judge the eruption as far more violent than the 1883 eruption of the volcanic island of Krakatoa in Indonesia, which killed more than 36,000. Now, actual physical evidence of the tsunami from the Thera eruption may have been discovered.