Catastrophic Wave Erosion, Bristol Channel, United Kingdom: Impact of Tsunami?

  title={Catastrophic Wave Erosion, Bristol Channel, United Kingdom: Impact of Tsunami?},
  author={Edward A. Bryant and Simon K. Haslett},
  journal={The Journal of Geology},
  pages={253 - 269}
On January 30, 1607, a massive wave from the ocean surged up Bristol Channel in the United Kingdom, flooding more than 500 km2 of lowland along 570 km of coast. It killed 2000 people and is considered Britain’s worst natural disaster on land. The wave occurred on a fine day and surprised inhabitants. Contemporary descriptions of the event have many of the characteristics of accounts of recent catastrophic tsunamis. Geomorphic evidence for tsunamis in the channel can be found in the form of… 

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