Slides & Tsunami

Scientists know that large underwater landslides can cause massive tsunamis. Could such tsunami wreak havoc on coastal communities?

How might a weird gas-ice mixture that burns, found in the sediments of the sea floor, play a role?

Visitors to the Ocean Institute simulate underwater landslides that generate tsunamis in the Institute's Tsunami Research Tank.

Dr. Neal Driscoll studies the sea floor evidence for underwater landslides.

Flaming methane hydrate
Image courtesy Gerhard Bohrmann, GEOMAR

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