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(National Geographic)   1,500 years ago a tsunami struck Geneva, over 1,000 feet above sea level, and it could happen again   (news.nationalgeographic.com) divider line 48
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2012-10-31 09:40:00 PM  
Sure, it could happen again. And monkeys might fly out of my ass. And Drew might stop selling out left and right.
 
2012-10-31 09:49:46 PM  
Lituya Bay, Alaska's record 1720 foot tsunami laughs, LAUGHS at Geneva's petty splash.

W- videos and stories of a father and son who rode the wave - over the treetops - and lived to tell about it.
 
2012-10-31 10:56:23 PM  
So a landslide into a river that feeds into the lake caused the tsunami. What exactly does that have to do with sea level, dumbmitter?
 
2012-10-31 10:59:25 PM  

Sid_6.7: Sure, it could happen again. And monkeys might fly out of my ass. And Drew might stop selling out left and right.


This isn't fantasy land, pal.
 
2012-10-31 11:02:12 PM  

The Onion is prophetic: So a landslide into a river that feeds into the lake caused the tsunami. What exactly does that have to do with sea level, dumbmitter?


because the subby was referencing altitude.
 
2012-10-31 11:06:25 PM  

The Onion is prophetic: So a landslide into a river that feeds into the lake caused the tsunami. What exactly does that have to do with sea level, dumbmitter?


[thats the joke.gif]
 
2012-10-31 11:07:40 PM  

The Onion is prophetic: So a landslide into a river that feeds into the lake caused the tsunami. What exactly does that have to do with sea level, dumbmitter?


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-31 11:07:41 PM  
You're more likely to find a stranger in the Alps.
 
2012-10-31 11:12:01 PM  
Hebgen Lake and Earthquake Lake scoff at your low elevation seiche (not tsunami)!

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1959_Yellowstone_earthquake#section_2
 
2012-10-31 11:14:47 PM  
It's OK. Don't be alarmed.
I stayed at Lake Genevia on the way back from a Packers game a couple of years ago.
Everybody there has a boat.
 
2012-10-31 11:20:47 PM  

Amos Quito: Lituya Bay, Alaska's record 1720 foot tsunami laughs, LAUGHS at Geneva's petty splash.

W- videos and stories of a father and son who rode the wave - over the treetops - and lived to tell about it.


Oh that little ripple? When the La Palma mega-tsunami wipes out the eastern seaboard with a 600 mph 300 foot wave the little curriosity you reference will be forgotten because everyone will be dead.
 
2012-10-31 11:27:34 PM  
Now you know why all the buildings in The Jetsons were built atop mile high poles like birdhouses.
 
2012-10-31 11:29:19 PM  
Seiche is the word you looking for. Guess where that term comes from....from a Swiss scientist when talking about how Lake Genivea sloshes back and forth, sometimes with deadly consequences.

I expect better from you NatGeo.
 
2012-10-31 11:31:42 PM  
Surfs up, Olaf
 
2012-10-31 11:33:01 PM  

Coelacanth: Now you know why all the buildings in The Jetsons were built atop mile high poles like birdhouses.


Because that show was American Dad to the Flintstones Family Guy?

A Creeper just showed up to my door and demanded candy. AND IT DIDN'T BLOW MY HOUSE UP!
 
2012-10-31 11:34:35 PM  

Tickle Mittens: Amos Quito: Lituya Bay, Alaska's record 1720 foot tsunami laughs, LAUGHS at Geneva's petty splash.

W- videos and stories of a father and son who rode the wave - over the treetops - and lived to tell about it.

Oh that little ripple? When the La Palma mega-tsunami wipes out the eastern seaboard with a 600 mph 300 foot wave the little curriosity you reference will be forgotten because everyone will be dead.



I'll see your Canary and raise you a pigeon!
 
2012-10-31 11:37:06 PM  

Tickle Mittens: Oh that little ripple? When the La Palma mega-tsunami wipes out the eastern seaboard with a 600 mph 300 foot wave the little curriosity you reference will be forgotten because everyone will be dead.


Everyone east or south of the Appalachians anyway.
La Palma is scary.
 
2012-10-31 11:38:31 PM  

dennysgod: Seiche is the word you looking for. Guess where that term comes from....from a Swiss scientist when talking about how Lake Genivea sloshes back and forth, sometimes with deadly consequences.


So a seiche is basically a rogue wave?
 
2012-10-31 11:48:45 PM  
www.examiner.com
 
2012-10-31 11:54:54 PM  
Bush used a time machine?

/everything is Bush's fault. Total Fark told me so.
 
2012-11-01 12:07:42 AM  
I bet I can find a Creationist using this as a talking point.

In fact, I should print this article and drop it off at the Institute for Creation Research next time I go to the Korean massage parlors.
 
2012-11-01 12:08:03 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: dennysgod: Seiche is the word you looking for. Guess where that term comes from....from a Swiss scientist when talking about how Lake Genivea sloshes back and forth, sometimes with deadly consequences.

So a seiche is basically a rogue wave?


Not really, different process. A seiche the whole lake actually moves from one side to another, usually caused by wind piling the water on one side then the water rushes back the other way, things like a landslide falling into a lake will cause them. Rogue waves are caused by a process where several smaller waves phase into each other causing a single large wave. This normally happens in oceans where you have a greater chances of waves from different directions meeting, though they can happen in the Great Lakes, especially Superior.
 
2012-11-01 12:20:09 AM  
What a castle near Montreaux, on the opposite end of the lake from Geneva, might look like.
 
2012-11-01 12:24:14 AM  

0Icky0: What a castle near Montreaux, on the opposite end of the lake from Geneva, might look like.


Preview is your friend.
 
2012-11-01 12:29:26 AM  

doofusgumby: Preview is your friend.


Huh?
 
2012-11-01 12:46:07 AM  

0Icky0: doofusgumby: Preview is your friend.

Huh?


poptarts?
 
2012-11-01 01:11:17 AM  

Mr. Potatoass: It's OK. Don't be alarmed.
I stayed at Lake Genevia on the way back from a Packers game a couple of years ago.
Everybody there has a boat.


And the ones that don't are all from Illinois, and good riddance.
 
2012-11-01 01:20:38 AM  

doofusgumby: 0Icky0: What a castle near Montreaux, on the opposite end of the lake from Geneva, might look like.

Preview is your friend.


Reading the article is yours. He didn't try to post a picture; he was referring to the one above the article being less than ideal illustration for the topic.
 
2012-11-01 02:25:45 AM  

Isildur: doofusgumby: 0Icky0: What a castle near Montreaux, on the opposite end of the lake from Geneva, might look like.

Preview is your friend.

Reading the article is yours. He didn't try to post a picture; he was referring to the one above the article being less than ideal illustration for the topic.


Or he could've done this and not confused everybody:

What a castle near Montreaux, on the opposite end of the lake from Geneva, might look like:

i212.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-01 02:47:03 AM  
tsunami != landslide.
 
2012-11-01 03:22:48 AM  

SnarfVader: Or he could've done this and not confused everybody me:

 
2012-11-01 03:48:44 AM  
Spurred by a huge landslide, the medieval Lake Geneva "tsunami" (technically defined as a seismic ocean wave) swamped the city, which was already a trading hub, according to a new study.

Far from any ocean, the massive wave was likely generated by a massive landslide into the Rhône River, which feeds and flows through Lake Geneva, according to a group of Swiss researchers.


Good god, that is a fail of epic proportions. Like referring to a sunshower as a typhoon.
 
2012-11-01 03:52:12 AM  
Was the tsunami caused by some stupid with a flare gun?
 
2012-11-01 05:11:57 AM  
I love that font
 
2012-11-01 05:59:28 AM  

dennysgod: This normally happens in oceans where you have a greater chances of waves from different directions meeting, though they can happen in the Great Lakes, especially Superior.


The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
of the big lake they called "Gitche Gumee."
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
when the skies of November turn gloomy.
 
2012-11-01 06:30:04 AM  

SnarfVader: Isildur: doofusgumby: 0Icky0: What a castle near Montreaux, on the opposite end of the lake from Geneva, might look like.

Preview is your friend.

Reading the article is yours. He didn't try to post a picture; he was referring to the one above the article being less than ideal illustration for the topic.

Or he could've done this and not confused everybody:

What a castle near Montreaux, on the opposite end of the lake from Geneva, might look like:

[i212.photobucket.com image 600x450]


If you look really close, you can see a funky Claude.
 
2012-11-01 06:37:02 AM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: You're more likely to find a stranger in the Alps.


But what happens when you do find a stranger in the alps?
 
2012-11-01 07:11:32 AM  
I'd be scared, but it's in Geneva. So I'll just get ready for work instead. Call me when one hits Illinois.
 
2012-11-01 09:21:19 AM  

HotWingAgenda: Spurred by a huge landslide, the medieval Lake Geneva "tsunami" (technically defined as a seismic ocean wave) swamped the city, which was already a trading hub, according to a new study.

Far from any ocean, the massive wave was likely generated by a massive landslide into the Rhône River, which feeds and flows through Lake Geneva, according to a group of Swiss researchers.

Good god, that is a fail of epic proportions. Like referring to a sunshower as a typhoon.


Maybe it's why they used quotiation marks round it and explained what a tsunami actually is. They were indicating that they know that it is incorrect to actually call it a tsunami.
 
2012-11-01 09:26:56 AM  

HotWingAgenda: Spurred by a huge landslide, the medieval Lake Geneva "tsunami" (technically defined as a seismic ocean wave) swamped the city, which was already a trading hub, according to a new study.

Far from any ocean, the massive wave was likely generated by a massive landslide into the Rhône River, which feeds and flows through Lake Geneva, according to a group of Swiss researchers.

Good god, that is a fail of epic proportions. Like referring to a sunshower as a typhoon.


Not really a fail at all, it is an analogy (and it is clearly noted in the article several times that it isn't a tsunami).
 
2012-11-01 09:37:47 AM  

SnarfVader: What a castle near Montreaux, on the opposite end of the lake from Geneva, might look like:


hey, what are you doing?

nuthin. just chillon.
 
2012-11-01 09:38:51 AM  
img261.imageshack.us

what a winter tsunami might look like in geneva.
 
2012-11-01 09:58:38 AM  

0Icky0: What a castle near Montreaux, on the opposite end of the lake from Geneva, might look like.


There's too much smoke on the water for us to see your castle.
 
2012-11-01 10:07:44 AM  

0Icky0: SnarfVader: Or he could've done this and not confused everybody me:


You are the one confused here.
 
2012-11-01 12:03:24 PM  

Tickle Mittens: Amos Quito: Lituya Bay, Alaska's record 1720 foot tsunami laughs, LAUGHS at Geneva's petty splash.

W- videos and stories of a father and son who rode the wave - over the treetops - and lived to tell about it.

Oh that little ripple? When the La Palma mega-tsunami wipes out the eastern seaboard with a 600 mph 300 foot wave the little curriosity you reference will be forgotten because everyone will be dead.


And it will be blamed on global warming. "This never happened before!"
 
2012-11-01 12:06:43 PM  

Neondistraction: Britney Spear's Speculum: You're more likely to find a stranger in the Alps.

But what happens when you do find a stranger in the alps?


Take him to a museum:
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-11-01 12:47:22 PM  
I thought it was pretty well known that one of the dangers of living near a mountain lake is the chance for a landslide to cause a tsunami of sorts.
 
2012-11-02 02:08:27 AM  

dennysgod: ArcadianRefugee: dennysgod: Seiche is the word you looking for. Guess where that term comes from....from a Swiss scientist when talking about how Lake Genivea sloshes back and forth, sometimes with deadly consequences.

So a seiche is basically a rogue wave?

Not really, different process. A seiche the whole lake actually moves from one side to another, usually caused by wind piling the water on one side then the water rushes back the other way, things like a landslide falling into a lake will cause them. Rogue waves are caused by a process where several smaller waves phase into each other causing a single large wave. This normally happens in oceans where you have a greater chances of waves from different directions meeting, though they can happen in the Great Lakes, especially Superior.


Ah, thanks. I understood rogue waves, but didn't quite get seiches.

Once again, nature gives humanity the finger and I find it fascinating.
 
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