Chicxulub, The Asteroid That Killed The Dinosaurs, Triggered A Mile High Tsunami, Impacting All The Oceans

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New details are out regarding the killing of the dinosaurs by the famous asteroid that crashed on our planet.

When the asteroid that killed dinosaurs on Earth collided with our planet more than 65 million years ago, it blasted everything.

To be more specific, it triggered a tsunami that was a mile high through the Gulf Of Mexico that created complete chaos into the world’s oceans, according to the latest research.

The asteroid was 9-mile across

The space rock was 9-mile-across or 14 kilometers, and it was known as the Chicxulub asteroid. It triggered such massive destruction that it’s completely understandable that it wiped the dinosaurs off the planet and led to the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction.

“The Chicxulub asteroid resulted in a huge global tsunami, the likes of which have not been seen in modern history,” said lead researcher Molly Range.

The team’s research has to be published in a peer-reviewed journal at the American Geophysical Union’s annual meeting scheduled for December 14 in Washington, D.C.

“As far as we know, we are the first to globally model the tsunami from impact to the end of wave propagation,” Range reported for Live Science.

Researchers were aware of the fact that the asteroid had hit5 the shallow water in the Gulf of Mexico. But it seems that in order to model the asteroid’s impact the team had to have a model that was able to compute “the large-scale deformation of the [Earth’s] crust that formed the crater, as well as the chaotic waves from the initial blast of water away from the impact site, and waves from ejecta falling back into the water,” said Range.

The tsunami was propagated through the oceans across the world 

After creating the required models, the team found that the tsunami was propagated through the oceans all over the world. The effects were obviously felt everywhere.

“We found that this tsunami moved throughout the entire ocean, in every ocean basin,” Range stated.

Live Science reported that in the Gulf of Mexico, the water moved with 89 mph (143 km/h).

In the first 24 hours, tsunami’s impact spread out of the Gulf of Mexico and into the Atlantic. It also went through the Central American Seaway.

You can read the complete article here to learn more interesting details on what reportedly happened.

Rada Mateescu

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