From the Department of Unreasonable Paranoia

I was reading with some interest about the probabilities of an asteroid smacking into the planet and was delighted to learn that we have eight years until the closest opportunity will present itself:

“The asteroid 2012 DA14 currently has the greatest chance of impacting Earth, possibly crashing down on Feb. 16, 2020, according to NASA. The chance of it hitting, however, is very slim.”

This made me think about another potential cataclysmic event (other than my annual Killer Hurricane anxieties compounded by boat ownership), this one pointed out to me by my brother (the same one who blamed the KGB on spreading all flu epidemics): the Killer Canary Island Tsunami. Read more here.

“However, the destruction in the United Kingdom will be as nothing compared to the devastation reeked on the eastern seaboard of the United States. Dr. Day claims that the Mega Tsunami will generate a wave that will be inconceivably catastrophic. He says: “It will surge across the Atlantic at 500 miles per hour in less than seven hours, engulfing the whole US east coast with a wave almost two hundred feet high ” higher than Nelson,s Column ” sweeping away everything in its path up to 20 miles inland. Boston would be hit first, followed by New York, then all the way down the coast to Miami, the Caribbean and Brazil.” Millions would be killed, and as Dr. Day explains: “It’s not a question of “if” Cumbre Vieja collapses, it’s simply a question of “when”.”

The author’s inability to differentiate between the verb “wreak”: to cause havoc and “reeked”: to stink is proof that typos and bad grammar undercut credibility every time. Wikipedia’s article on megatsunami’s is a lot more tempered in its alarms.  In the meantime I’ll continue to believe Nantucket will protect me from any big walls of water arriving at 500 mph.

Author: David Churbuck

Cape Codder with an itch to write

3 thoughts on “From the Department of Unreasonable Paranoia”

  1. The fear of typos is stifling. Should the Brinks truck run me over the second full time employee on my staff, after Luigi my personal barista, will be an editor.

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