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Old 29.10.2012, 12:52
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Lake Geneva 'may face tsunami risk'

I didn't know that "In the sixth century a tsunami triggered by a rockfall on the lake sent a 26ft wave crashing over Geneva's city wall"

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...nami-risk.html
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Re: Lake Geneva 'may face tsunami risk'

Thanks for the heads up, maybe I should start sleeping in my Kayak, just to be on the safe side
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Re: Lake Geneva 'may face tsunami risk'

Lake Geneva ? It's the Canary Islands I worry about...
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Re: Lake Geneva 'may face tsunami risk'

Interesting, however the correct term is a "Seiche" wave.
Here from wickedpedia
Quote:The term was promoted by the Swiss hydrologist François-Alphonse Forel in 1890, who was the first to make scientific observations of the effect in Lake Geneva, Switzerland.[1] The word originates in a Swiss French dialect word that means "to sway back and forth", which had apparently long been used in the region to describe oscillations in alpine lakes.Unquote

Local legends mention of a Seeschlag on the Bavarian lakes, especially the Ammersee, a deep boom from the south of the lake and a high wave a half hour later in Stegen.

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Lake Geneva ? It's the Canary Islands I worry about...
At least it will be very quick for those who live in the Canaries - like one of my daughters, partner, and us if and when we are there visiting

We should be fine on top of the Jura though ...

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Re: Lake Geneva 'may face tsunami risk'

Whew, I live near Lac Léman
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Re: Lake Geneva 'may face tsunami risk'

It's part of the History of Geneva, even if it wasn't well-known (now I guess people know it as it had some articles in local newspapers)

I found about it some years ago, when I was trying to find interesting stuff about Geneva to do a guided tour to a german friend.
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I didn't know that "In the sixth century a tsunami triggered by a rockfall on the lake sent a 26ft wave crashing over Geneva's city wall"

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...nami-risk.html

But that was 1400 years ago ! Some 200 years ago there was the "Bergsturz" in Goldau, ages ago, half of Zug sank into the lake and half a millenia ago there was an earthquake in Basel. So, do you say that we should prepare for Tsunamis in Geneva, Neuchâtel, Luzern, Zürich and Kreuzlingen/Konstanz ? That we should prepare for earthquakes in Zürich and Niederurnen and Lugano ? That we should prepare for the dropping of the lakeshores in Geneva, Biel, Luzern, Zürich, Kreuzlingen/Konstanz and Lugano ?

Wouldn't that be a bit of an exaggeration ? Only the future will tell what the future is. To have it with what the lady sang in the famous film "Casablanca" what will be will be
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Old 30.10.2012, 14:43
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Re: Lake Geneva 'may face tsunami risk'

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So why do you look both ways before crossing the road?

There were earthquakes in Basel in the last 10 years, never mind half millenia. Across the border, in Huningue, there are notices in some offices about what to do in the event of an earthquake.

http://www.seismo.ethz.ch/index_EN
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So why do you look both ways before crossing the road?

There were earthquakes in Basel in the last 10 years, never mind half millenia. Across the border, in Huningue, there are notices in some offices about what to do in the event of an earthquake.

http://www.seismo.ethz.ch/index_EN
I am in favour of
- looking both ways when crossing the roads
- buildings to be build earthquake proof
- lakeshores of cities to include some precautions
- cars and trains and airplanes being safer than in the past
- roads being secured against avalanches
etc etc etc, but everything to a reasonable extent

and the "earthquakes" in Basel and elsewhere here around
were rather minor tremors and nothing serious, at least upto
right this moment

And while the possibility for such a "Tsunami" IS given, the probability is rather remote. Or should Geneva now build a big wall around the lake of 8 meters height and being some 5 meters wide, with a promenade on top ?

or re-erect the fortifications



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