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  Cheshvan 8, 5770 , 26/10/09

Evidence of Tidal Waves Discovered off Caesaria Coast

New geo-archaeological research at the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences at the University of Haifa has exposed evidence of four tsunami events on the coast of Caesarea, between Tel Aviv and Haifa. In a statement released by the university on Sunday, Dr. Beverly Goodman, who headed the research, said, "We expected to find the remains of ships, but were surprised to reveal unusual geological layers the likes of which we had never seen in the region before."

Using Carbon-14 dating and OSL (optically stimulated luminescence), Dr. Goodman found evidence of tsunami events in 1500 BCE, 100-200 CE, 500-600 CE, and 1100-1200 CE. In an article published in Geological Society of America, she says that the earliest resulted from the eruption of the Santorini volcano, which affected the entire Mediterranean region. Dr. Goodman assumes the later, more local tidal waves - reaching 5 meters high and as far as 2 km onshore - were generated by underwater landslides caused by earthquakes.

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