Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Japan tsunami broke giant iceberg chunks twice the size of Manhattan from Antarctica - 9th Aug 2011

It killed 15,000 people and caused the worst nuclear disaster in 25years.

But now it turns out that the effects of the Japanese tsunami which struck the country in March were felt as far away as the Antarctic.

The wake of the giant wave travelled 8,000miles through the Pacific and Southern Oceans until it battered a 260ft tall wall of ice at the southern tip of Earth.

As a result several enormous chunks, one of which was the size of Manhattan in New York, broke off and drifted away into the sea.

The discovery shows once more the awesome power of the tsunami, which was caused by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake off the northern coast of Japan.

It was pieced together by researchers who studied Nasa pictures of Earth to map the path of the wave during the 18 hours it took to cross the globe. Read More