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ZetaTalk: North Atlantic Rips

Written December 18, 2010

A question about the Atlantic rift (European tsunami): I found that it might be crucial to know how far up the North Atlantic the rift will go. If, for instance, it will tear up to the longitude of, say, Portugal, it will take so and so many hours for it (tsunami travels about 720 km/h) to reach England and later Norway. If it tears up to Iceland (pity them) it will only be a few hours to reach t. ex. Norway. If it tears all the way up to as far as the rift goes, it will be a matter of an hour or so, before it reaches the northern coastal line of Norway. Norway has a long coastal line, and large cities with many people, will be heavily affected by this, as goes for the other countries in Europe. Have I missed something, because I cannot find the specific details regarding this. Question is, how far up (and maybe "down") will the Atlantic rift (after the New Madrid adjustment) reach?

Of course the northern Atlantic Rift is most vulnerable at the Azores, where three plates touch and movement in any one of them destabilizes the rift. Africa is tugging to roll to the East, and drop, and will do so before the European tsunami occurs. This makes the separation of the N American Plate from the Eurasian Plate at the Azores and upward quite vulnerable. We have stated that the Atlantic Gulf Stream will carry the tsunami primarily against the coast of the UK, so the major rip point would occur slightly south of the UK in the center of the Atlantic. The top of the rip will be west of Paris. The rip will primarily occur where the hot spots along the Atlantic Rift indicate weakness in the crust, and down to where the African Plate has already pulled away from an attachment to the American plates. Iceland will be spared during the 7 of 10 scenarios.

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