Evidence of a Tsunami in the Yucatan PeninsulaBy
Experts believe it could have happened around 1000 years ago
The beautiful, fine, white, sandy beaches of the Yucatan peninsula are awe-inspiring places with unique features. Their crystal-clear turquoise waters and their ideal year-round climate make them some of the most preferred tourism destinations for visitors from all over the world.
But one fine day in the past, conditions may not have been so hospitable...
Recently, researchers from Mexico’s Akumal Ecology Center (CEA), in collaboration with the University of Colorado in Boulder, found possible evidence of a tsunami that would have stricken the white coasts of the Yucatan peninsula approximately a thousand years ago.
This hypothesis is based on the discovery of a trail of berm – that is, a natural, raised barrier separating two areas – with the shape of the coastline, including Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Cancún.
The experts found coral and fine grain limestone covering the berm. These materials can be found at the bottom of the sea in coral reefs. A colossal degree of energy would be have been required in order to extract such a large amount of minerals and place them so far inland onto the surface.
Theoretically, the tsunami would have generated waves 15 feet or higher, making for a devastating natural phenomenon in ancient times, back when the ancient Maya civilization was at its maximum splendor.
Larry Benson, an anthropologist at the Natural History Museum of the University of Colorado, added that the tsunami could have been caused by different kinds of events ranging from an earthquake, to an underwater landslide to volcanic eruptions or even a meteorite striking the ocean.
The experts added that tsunamis are not frequent events in this area, as only 37 have been registered in the Caribbean basin since 1492.
- Southwest Airlines inaugurates new international route to Cancun from New Orleans
- The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered airlines to inspect certain older CFM56-7B turbofan engines.
- North Korea 'halts missile and nuclear tests', says Kim Jong-un
- Frida Kahlo Barbie doll banned from shop shelves in Mexico
- NAFTA meeting on tap; Mexico doesn’t want to be used to elude US tariffs
- Mexico is second on world’s best places to retire list
- New video editing trend could be the future of ´fake news'
- Trump says North Korea talks under way but he may not meet Kim Jong-un
- Mexico’s candidates are avoiding talking about the elephant in the room: Pensions
- Elon Musk just sank more than $100 million into The Boring Company
- Netflix is soaring after it crushed subscriber growth targets yet again
- Starbucks: Protesters call for boycott after black men arrested