Scientists warn: landslide in Alaska can cause a giant tsunami

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — A group of experts from the University of Alaska at Anchorage concluded that an unstable mountainside near the Barry Glacier could collapse, then a catastrophic tsunami would cover the Harriman fjord, Fox News reports.

An open letter with an alarming forecast was signed by 14 scientists from various US universities. All these specialists are experienced in the study of landslides, tsunamis and climate change.

The expected landslide could cause a devastating tsunami in the Harriman fjord, located about 96 km from Anchorage, where about 291 thousand people live.

The simulation results showed complex effects with waves up to 10 m high in some remote bays. The disaster will affect areas frequented by tourists, fishing boats and hunters, possibly hundreds of people at a time.

The slope is currently moving slowly, but at any moment it can become a rapid landslide. The accelerated movement of the rock can provoke such natural phenomena as heavy rain, snowfall or an earthquake.

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