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Glacier Break Triggers Deadly Lake Tsunami

Posted by Lindy on April 17, 2010


A huge chunk of glacial ice crashed into a lake in the Peruvian Andes, generating a 75-foot tsunami that swept into three nearby towns, killing at least one person.

The ice block from a glacier on Hualcán glacier was estimated to have been the size of four soccer fields when it hit the lake about 200 miles north of Lima.

Peruvian officials point to climate change for the disaster, and for the loss of 22 percent of the country’s glaciers over the past 35 years.

Peru is home to about 70 percent of Earth’s tropical glaciers, which feed hydroelectric plants and provide drinking water for the capital of Lima and other communities.

This is not to say global warming is the total cause but it is not looking good!

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