Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Cornwall's Tsunami Risk

Delicious Submit this page to reddit

3:22pm 17th July 2013

Parts of Cornwall could be wiped out by a 3m high tsunami, if there is ever an earthquake off the coast of Portugal.

An emergency planning meeting has looked at the last wall of water to hit our shores, which was back in 1755.

Experts admit the chances of it happening again are small, but say there is no contingency plan in place and they need to do more research.

Fowey harbour master Paul Thomas said: "The geography of Cornwall is different. A tsunami wave becomes dangerous when it reaches shallow water and gets higher and higher as it's energy can't disperse. It would affect different shorelines differently.

"The threat, of course, is one a beautiful day like this where you see Fowey flat-calm, full of people enjoying the river and if an unexpected wave were to arrive now, then obviously there's all that sort of physical effect of capsizing boats and craft and all the people who are on the water."

3:22pm 17th July 2013

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
ruthern bridge

WATCH: Cornwall Beauty Spots Added To 'At-Risk' Register

Ruthern Bridge and the HMS Colossus wreck named by Historic England

quake 3

WATCH: Earthquake Hits Cornwall

Experts say it is the biggest here in five years

Most read
police tape

UPDATE: Further Remains Found After Discovery Of Human Foot

Police are now searching the stream bed in woods near Truro

police tape

UPDATE: 'Severed' Foot Found Near Truro

A dog walker made the grim discovery in woods

Top articles

WATCH: Earthquake Hits Cornwall

Cornwall News: Experts say it is the biggest here in five years

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Man in court over 'viable explosive device' on London Tube train

National News: A 19-year-old student charged in connection with the discovery of a "viable explosive device" on a London Tube train has appeared in court.

Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015

Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.

Kim Kardashian West resumes filming family reality TV show

Showbiz News: Kim Kardashian West has returned to filming the reality series Keeping Up With The Kardashians - three weeks after she was robbed at gunpoint in France.

Overdosing mum found unconscious with baby in car 'the new norm'

World News: An image showing an unconscious parent overdosing in a car with her small child is raising fears of a new trend for drug addicts.

Hearn still holding talks over AJ opponent

Sports News: Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that talks are ongoing "with a number of fighters" as he edges closer to confirming a challenger for Anthony Joshua.

Newer article

400 Diagnosed With Lung Cancer Every Year

Cornwall News: Campaign launched in Cornwall to catch the disease quicker

Older article

Swimmer Dies At Seaton

Cornwall News: 40 year old from Saltash pulled from the water by an off duty policeman

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate 2Pirate Oldies on DAB Digital RadioEscape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training


© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.


We Use Cookies

This website uses cookies to store information on your computer.

By using this website you accept the use of cookies as explained in the terms of our cookie policy.