News

Asteroid that killed the dinosaurs caused meter-high tsunami around the Earth

The researchers noted that the impact of the tsunami in the Yucatán Peninsula was 2,600 times more energy than the Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004, one of the largest tsunami recorded in modern history.
(James Thew (iStock))

Dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago as the result of a huge asteroid that hit the Earth in the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, now known as the Chicxulub crater. While it is generally accepted that the meteorite caused a massive disruption of the planet, the climate, a new study says that the asteroid caused a global tsunami, which is more than 5,000 feet in the air.

The research, presented at the American Geophysical Union’s annual meeting on Dec. 14, suggests that the tsunami impact of the battle in the Gulf of Mexico and quickly spread out. “The impact of the tsunami quickly spread from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic ocean through the Central American seaway into the Pacific ocean within the first 24 hours,” the study abstract reads. “Wave reflection and refraction to create a more complex tsunami propagation pattern by 48 hours post-impact.”

Led by researcher Molly Reach of the University of Michigan, the researchers noted that “not only had an impact large effects on the atmosphere and biosphere, it also created a tsunami of such magnitude that the effect it had on much of the world ocean.”

CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP

Probably nine miles wide, the asteroid caused a global tsunami, “the likes of which you haven’t seen in modern history,” Range said in a comment that is obtained by LiveScience.

The space rock hit the shallow water in the Peninsula. The model ran what happened in the 10 minutes after the impact. At that point there is still no water had entered the crater, because of the size and scope of the effect, but soon after, the water began to rush back into the crater and “may have disturbed the sediments, which is more than 6,000 km (3,728 miles) from the impact origin,” the abstract added.

The paper, which has yet to be published in a peer-reviewed journal, was first reported by EOS in December 2018.

Range and its advisors realized that no one had done a research to the question of whether the impact of the asteroid had caused a tsunami and when they ran the model, they found evidence of a global event.

“We find that this tsunami moved throughout the ocean, in every ocean basin,” Range said in a comment that is obtained by LiveScience. After the first wave, other waves rocked the planet, the researchers added.

HUGE ANCIENT FLYING REPTILE HAD ‘MAJOR ATTACKS’ THAT FORMED A TOOTHY CAGE

The researchers noted that the impact of the tsunami in the Yucatán Peninsula was 2,600 times more energy than the Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004, one of the largest tsunami recorded in modern history.

Follow Chris Ciaccia on Twitter @Chris_Ciaccia

Follow us

Don't be shy, get in touch. We love meeting interesting people and making new friends.

Most popular