A DEVASTATING tsunami could smash into Britain’s coast at any time, causing horrifying death and destruction, a scientist has warned. Dr Simon Day said a huge landslide at an increasingly unstable volcano in the Canary Islands could send the huge wave speeding hundreds of miles across the Atlantic to the UK. The natural disaster expert at the University College London told Express.co.uk the disastrous event is becoming increasingly likely – and urged Theresa May to prepare before it is too late. He said the Cumbre Vieja volcano in the Canaries archipelago was becoming increasingly fragile, and an eruption could send a chunk of land the size of the Isle of Man crashing into the sea.
This collapse would create a huge tsunami, which would spread across all sides of the Atlantic, including towards the UK and Ireland. Dr Day said: “It could be several meters high, it all depends on where you are and how much energy the wave has. It is hard to predict how big it would be as the wave would need to bend around to reach the UK.” The boffin warned Ireland and the south-west of England are particularly vulnerable – and reminded doubters a tsunami had already caused devastation in these areas around 250 years ago. The Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 caused the deaths of up to 100,000 people in the Portuguese city – and also sent a tsunami of around three meters high to the UK and Ireland.
Dr Day said: “The 1755 Lisbon incident was not dissimilar. If a tsunami of two or three meters hit the south-west of England or Ireland [in the modern era], you have a lot of tourists on beaches.” Coastal towns such as Portsmouth and Southampton would be submerged, with the wave rushing over the low-lying land several miles inland. Limerick, the third most-populous city in the Republic of Ireland, would also suffer huge devastation and loss of life in the event of the tsunami. While his chilling warning has prompted some derision from peers, he believes recent studies have proved him right. He said: “There was a series of objections. But independent modelling has shown the same things as me. “My response is it’s better to know so we can prepare!” A website called TsunamiWatch.co.uk is also calling for more to be done to prevent a huge tragedy.
It says Second World War air raid sirens should be fixed or replaced with the purpose of warning coastal Britons of the impending disaster. The website concluded: “Just imagine the overall picture if no precautionary work is undertaken. The damage will be the same, but the loss of life will be very much higher. “We must plan expecting the worst scenario. It may be 20, 40, 60, 80 years ahead – but on the other hand it could be next week.”
Eerily enough the well-known Boer seer, Siener Nicholas Van Rensburg, in 1930 predicted JUST that, “I see a huge wave that will obliterate Britain to such an extent that the British Kingdom will never again rise to the world power it once was.”
The harrowing truth is that very few of this well-respected man’s predictions did NOT come true.