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ANCIENT TSUNAMI COULD DEVASTATE SCOTTISH TOWNS IF IT HAPPENED TODAY – STUDY

A tsunami that hit Scotland around 8,200 years ago could devastate entire towns if it happened today, according to new research.

The Storegga tsunami, which affected 373 miles (600km) of coastline, was caused by the shifting of glacial and interglacial sediments on the coastal slopes at Storegga, along Norway’s continental shelf in the Norwegian sea, which displaced water and triggered the event.

Researchers have now modelled the inland impact of the ancient wave, which is considered the largest natural catastrophe to happen in the UK in the last 11,000 years.

The models that show the wave, reaching up to 98ft (30m) in height, would have travelled up to 19 miles (30km) inland along the Scottish coast and would have devastated areas such as Montrose in Angus, a town of around 12,000 people with a coastal lagoon and nature reserve.

The study was led by researchers at the Universities of Sheffield, St Andrews and York.

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