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Malta was struck by a violent tsunami

The scientists of the ' University of Portsmouth have found geological evidence of an ancient tsunami on the island of Malta. According to the team which conducted the investigation, the tidal wave struck the northeastern coast of the island, destroying anything up to 20 meters above sea level.
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Acoustic waves warn of tsunami

An early warning system against tsunamis has been developed and tailored for the need of the Mediterranean, but preparedness on the ground is paramount to ensuring peoples' safety.
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The Mediterranean Sea basin, especially that bordered by Greece, Turkey, Lebanon and Israel will soon have a new Marine Centre that will help to reveal some of the secrets of this ancient and historical body of water. This includes the ancient seaport of Ceasarea, which was built and made famous during the reign of King Herod the Great and was partially destroyed by earthquakes and subsequent tsunami tidal waves such as those caused by mega volcano eruptions in Greece, Crete and Turkey more than 3,000 years ago.
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Persian invaders of Greece 'did perish in tsunami'

German geologists believe a tsunami recorded by the ancient historian Herodotus did indeed protect a Greek village from Persian invaders.
They say they have found evidence in northern Greece that the event in 479 saved the village of Potidaea.

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The Histories of Herodotus.

He then had been discovered; three months later while Artabazos was besieging the town, there came a great ebb of the sea backwards, which lasted for a long time; and the Barbarians, seeing that shallow water had been produced, endeavoured to get by into the peninsula of Palene, but when they had passed through two fifth-parts of the distance, and three-fifths remained, which they must pass through before they were within Pallene, then there came upon them a great flood-tide of the sea, higher than ever before, as the natives of the place say, though high tides come often. So those of them who could not swim perished, and those who could were slain by the men of Potidaia who put out to them in boats. The cause of the high tide and flood and of that which befell the Persians who perished by means of the sea had committed impiety towards the temple of Poseidon and his image in the suburb of their town; and in saying that this was the cause, in my opinion they say well.
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Geological Data Suggest Greek Region Is Vulnerable To Tsunami Events

Warning signs from ancient Greek tsunami

In the winter of 479 B.C., a tsunami was the saviour of Potidaea, drowning hundreds of Persian invaders as they lay siege to the ancient Greek village. New geological evidence suggests that the region may still be vulnerable to tsunami events, according to Klaus Reicherter of Aachen University in Germany and his colleagues.
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A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck 85 miles (137 km) south of the Greek island of Rhodes in the Aegean Sea on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but local officials said no damage or casualties were reported.

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A magnitude 5.9 earthquake occurred at 14:05:00 (UTC) on Friday, June 19, 2009, in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea region, 115 km South of Rodos, Dodecanese Islands, Greece, at a depth of 40.4 km.

Location 35.385N, 28.391E

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Studying an ancient earthquake has enabled Oxford University researchers to quantify the likelihood of a tsunami in the Eastern Mediterranean.
They estimate that a ring of faults around the south of Greece and the Aegean Sea generates tsunami earthquakes approximately once every 800 years and, because the last such earthquake took place in 1303, the probability of a tsunami affecting the region is much higher than had been thought.
The Oxford researchers working with colleagues from the Universities of Cambridge, Nice and Imperial College London identified the cause of an earthquake that generated a tsunami that destroyed Alexandria on 21 July AD 365. Reporting in Nature Geoscience, the group describe how they tracked down the origin of this ancient quake to a fault beneath western Crete. Very precise radiocarbon dates of uplifted shorelines show that western Crete was lifted by about ten metres within a few decades of AD 365, and the shape of the uplifted shorelines is diagnostic of distortion of the land surface by an earthquake.

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Ancient documents show the great waves of July 21, 365 AD claimed lives from Greece, Sicily and Alexandria in Egypt to modern-day Dubrovnik in the Adriatic.
Swamped by sea water, rich Nile delta farmland was abandoned and hilltop towns became ghost-like, inhabited only by hermits.
The tsunami was generated by a massive quake that occurred under the western tip of the Greek island of Crete, experts believe.
Until now, the main thinking has been that this quake -- as in the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 26, 2004 -- occurred in a so-called subduction zone.
Researchers in Britain have taken a fresh look at this event and have come up with some worrying news.

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