Climate change is real! With each passing year, the world is witnessing the worst form of natural calamities including earthquakes, cyclones, wildfires, floods to name a few. If you take a look at the current scenario, floods have become too common in almost every part of the globe. Recently, India’s southern state Kerala witnessed its worst floods in a century. The state witnessed 215 deaths with a total of 6,33,010 people staying in 2,971 relief camps and around 38,000 flood-affected people being rescued by different agencies so far.
Scientists have now given us a major eye opening fact – With every minor rise in the sea level, the risk of devastating Tsunamis is also increasing throughout the world. We are aware of the fact that tsunamis usually cause floods in coastal areas.
However, new findings reveal that tsunamis can be destructive and may even lead to flooding of the land areas other than the coasts. This may be further followed by earthquakes.
The 2011 tsunami in Japan completely destructed an area of northern Japan and also caused the melt-down of a nuclear plant which further spread the radioactive contamination in the area.
Robert Weiss, an associate professor at Virginia Tech in the US recently mentioned about a latest research and gave many important factors to be worried about:
“Our research shows that sea-level rise can significantly increase the tsunami hazard, which means that smaller tsunamis in the future can have the same adverse impacts as big tsunamis would today.”
In a study published in the journal Science Advances, computer simulated tsunamis were created by the researchers.
Lin Lin Li, a senior research fellow at the Earth Observatory of Singapore mentioned about the results and gave an eye opening statement. He said that the rising inundation frequency happened due to earthquakes of smaller magnitudes. This could further pose threat at higher sea-level conditions.