The Straits Times/Asia News Network
Date: October 23 2015
By: Samantha Boh
Scientists have warned that the south-western coast of Taiwan is a potential
tsunami zone, after unraveling the mystery surrounding a tsunami which occurred there in the 18th century.
That giant wave was the most devastating ever reported in the South China Sea, killing more than 40,000 people when it struck between 1781 and 1782.
The scientists from Nanyang Technological University’s Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) have now found that it was likely caused by an underwater landslide on the upper portion of the continental slope offshore from southwestern Taiwan. This was likely triggered by an earthquake. [FULL STORY]