A Gigantic Tsunami had ripped Britain out of Europe 8200 years ago
Did you know that Britain wasn’t exactly the geographical island it is today? It was linked to mainland Europe existing as a peninsula. Some 8000 years ago, a gigantic tsunami battered Britain ripping it from Europe and created it like you see it on the map today.
In 6200 BC, the collapse of a large portion of the continental shelf in Norway resulted in one of the earth’s largest landslides in what was termed by geologists as the Storegga landslide. It triggered tsunamis upto 40m high, devastating Britain and travelling 40 km inland. Paleontologists, geologists and archeologists are in the process of a joint research to piece together the cataclysmic event to figure out the reasons why it happened and whether there are possibilities it could occur again. That would be frightening because if it does happen, then imagine the devastation.
1 Killer Tsunami Wiped Out Unique British Settlement
Researchers have managed to create a perfect computer model of the disastrous tsunami which devastated Britain 8200 years ago. If you thought the Japanese tsunami or the one in the Indian Ocean were terrifying, these would be small in comparison to this one. Archeological proof has evidence that the tsunami even wiped out an entire settlement called Doggerland in the UK.
According to David Smith, Geologist at Oxford University, 35 feet waves rushed onto Britain with such tremendous force that a person standing before them would have had his body dismembered instantly. It was Smith who discovered evidence of the prehistoric disaster in the shape of ancient sand layers lying on Scotland’s north eastern coast near Montrose. The banks of the area should feature only clay however the sand ran all through the banks which led to the discovery.
2 Britain’s Landscape Was Very Different 10,000 Years Ago
Modern Britain’s landscape would have been entirely different when it was shaped by the last ice age 100,000 years ago. With melting ice caps of Europe’s north western edge, instead of the Irish Sea, the North seas and even the English Channel, there was dry land instead. Imagine England being connected to France by a stretch of dry land??? However rising sea levels slowly submerged the land taking over the present map. Yet Britain Still remained connected to Europe.
In 6200 BC during the middle stone age, a gigantic tsunami battered Britain with such a devastating force that it broke the country away from Europe making Britain what it is today, The British Isles. According to experts this was the largest tsunami ever to occur on earth. Hopefully we won’t experience such a calamity again.
Imperial college researchers presented the study at a conference of the European Geosciences Union general assembly explaining how the devastation claimed a major part of Britain,geographical and historically.
3 Artifacts in the North Sea Prove the Existence of Doggerland
The most significant factor about the killer tsunami was that it possessed the destructive potential to destroy what is now being called Britain’s Atlantis, the settlement of Doggerland. According to Dr Vince Gaffney, author of the book Europe’s Lost World: the Rediscovery of Doggerland, the tsunami waves in some areas rose to heights of even 40 meters.
Since 2012, archeology and sea explorations off the Isle of Wight have been continually finding a number of artifacts dating back to Mesolithic times. Even grooved timber log boats believed to be 8000 years old lie at the bottom of the sea preserved by the salinity of sea water.
4 Will A Killer Tsunami Occur Again?
Look at the map below, which is representing how Britain looked like 8200 years ago. The entire landmass of Britain was well and truly connected with Europe. Research has proved that the areas were inhabited by mesolitihic tribes whose evidence is supported by artifacts discovered even in the North Sea. Proof of the existence of Doggerland is repeated, provided by relics and findings by local fisherman who fish in the same waters which inundated the settlement.
Such facts would definitely lead to a sense of bewilderment and wonder as to how life altering it would have been if Britain was still connected to Europe. History too would have definitely been rewritten.The highly important significance of such a discovery of the gigantic tsunami that battered Britain helps researchers measure the extent of possible damage in rising sea levels although most believe that a repeat of the event in future is highly unlikely, but who knows!!