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Mega-tsunami: Wave of Destruction
BBC2 9:30pm Thursday 12th October 2000

Books and articles:

Apocalypse: a Natural History of Global Disasters
by Bill McGuire (Cassell, London, 1999).
Contributor Professor Bill McGuire graphically describes four types of catastrophe that could devastate the Earth. One chapter describes how a mega-tsunami would result from a volcanic collapse on La Palma in the Canary Islands.

2nd edition by Walter C. Dudley and Min Lee (University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 1998).
A history of tsunami featuring lots of eyewitness accounts, including a section on the 1958 mega-tsunami in Lituya Bay, Alaska.

The Drowning Wave
New Scientist, 7th October 2000, p26
Magazine feature written by Horizon researcher Tristan Marshall.

Many relevant scientific papers may also be found in:
Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research
(Special Issue: Deformation and Flank Instability of Oceanic Island Volcanoes: A Comparison of Hawaii and Atlantic Island Volcanoes edited by J. C. Carracedo, S. J. Day & D. Elsworth., Vol. 94 issues 1-4, 1st December 1999)

BBC web pages:

BBC News Online report on about the possible effects of a mega-tsunami from La Palma:

A scientific account of the 2004 Asian tsunami, featuring survivors' stories:

External web-links:

Benfield Greig Hazard Research Centre, University College London:

Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich:

The Geological Society, London:

Natural Environment Research Council Tsunami Risks Project:

University of Washington Tsunami Information:

Pacific Tsunami Museum, Hawaii:

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Mega-tsunami: Questions and Answers


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