Researchers from the University of Michigan studied the asteroid impact site in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula – along with 100 other sites around the world – and were able to recreate a simulation of how monstrous waters actually reached 66 million years ago.
“Any historically documented tsunamis pale in comparison to the global impact,” the authors wrote. “Depending on the engineering of the coast and the advanced waves, most coastal areas will be submerged and eroded to some extent.”
Compared to the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, that It killed 230,000 peopleAccording to the report, this prehistoric tidal wave “was up to 30,000 times larger.”
“This tsunami was powerful enough to disturb and erode sediments in ocean basins halfway around the world, leaving either a gap in the sedimentary records or a mixture of ancient sediments,” said lead author Molly Ring.
The research team found that the water “radiates mainly to the east and northeast in the North Atlantic” while other waters flowed southwest into the non-existent Central American Corridor – now the land area of Central America due to continental drift – before flowing south. The Pacific Ocean.
According to the research, the other side of the globe – especially the South Atlantic, North Pacific, Indian and Mediterranean – was protected from the worst tsunamis.
Scientists used a “two-stage strategy” to recount the ancient extinction event. First, a computer simulation of the asteroid impact and crater formation was performed, followed by the chaotic 10 minutes that followed.
From this, he also discovered that the space rock was hurtling at 27,000 miles per hour and creating a crater 62 miles wide and releasing “dense clouds of soot and dust into the atmosphere.”
Just 2 minutes after the collision, a huge wall of water rose almost 3 miles high before making landfall as a catastrophic wave.
By the ten-minute mark, the tsunami was already 137 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula and on its way to devastation around the world. It hit the North Atlantic within an hour, passed through the Central American Sea four hours later, and reached the Indian Ocean on two sides after currents crossed the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.
“Big tsunami” hit every coastal area of the land at 48 hours.
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