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So, a lunatic that comes on the radio from time to time - Rifat or something is his name - proposes that 'the west' could easily be wiped out if an enemy was to "drop Vieja."

He is referring to the volcano Cumbre Vieja on the Isla de Palma, one of the Canary Islands. He suggests that a well placed nuke or large bomb would cause a big enough chunk of it to fall into the sea to create a tidal wave that would flood sufficient Atlantic coasts to create '190 Fukushimas' (what has happened to that by the way, never seem to see anything about it in the news anymore).

Is he entirely bonkers, or is there a kernel of substance to his claim?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cumbre_Vieja

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I saw the same documentary; the west side of the volcano is falling away and at some point will collapse into the sea sending a massive tsunami across the Atlantic.

Disaster waiting to happen like the Yellowstone magma chamber.

In theory a nuke could set off either. Or both.

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So, a lunatic that comes on the radio from time to time - Rifat or something is his name - proposes that 'the west' could easily be wiped out if an enemy was to "drop Vieja."

He is referring to the volcano Cumbre Vieja on the Isla de Palma, one of the Canary Islands. He suggests that a well placed nuke or large bomb would cause a big enough chunk of it to fall into the sea to create a tidal wave that would flood sufficient Atlantic coasts to create '190 Fukushimas' (what has happened to that by the way, never seem to see anything about it in the news anymore).

Is he entirely bonkers, or is there a kernel of substance to his claim?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cumbre_Vieja

First of all it's a hypothesis, no one knows for sure what would happen. Then you've got the issue of putting the thing in the right place to make it happen, then of course ensuring that it is big enough to trigger the event you're after.

Doesn't sound very probable to me. If you had such a device it would probably be more efficient to use it for some other purpose.

Edit : Plus, once you'd let it off if it did fail there would be quite a lot of people wanting to take some aggressive preventative action to stop it happening again.

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So, a lunatic that comes on the radio from time to time - Rifat or something is his name - proposes that 'the west' could easily be wiped out if an enemy was to "drop Vieja."

He is referring to the volcano Cumbre Vieja on the Isla de Palma, one of the Canary Islands. He suggests that a well placed nuke or large bomb would cause a big enough chunk of it to fall into the sea to create a tidal wave that would flood sufficient Atlantic coasts to create '190 Fukushimas' (what has happened to that by the way, never seem to see anything about it in the news anymore).

Is he entirely bonkers, or is there a kernel of substance to his claim?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cumbre_Vieja

I think there would be a bit of a wave but nowhere near the size he's boasting about.

it's open space most of the way...I guess 100 metres or so is still a possibility though.

If the US retaliated by detonating some undersea nukes in the strait of hormuz, however...that's a very narrow channel so most of it will get flushed away.

..that area is also quite close to a tectonic plate(iran gets plenty of earthquakes)....so if the yanks pull out that earthquake generator they bought off the russians 30 years ago to trigger that..iran (and the rest of the region)is basically toast.nowt but rubble left.

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Why not invade Poland! Everyone else did it .

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I think there would be a bit of a wave but nowhere near the size he's boasting about.

it's open space most of the way...I guess 100 metres or so is still a possibility though.

If the US retaliated by detonating some undersea nukes in the strait of hormuz, however...that's a very narrow channel so most of it will get flushed away.

..that area is also quite close to a tectonic plate(iran gets plenty of earthquakes)....so if the yanks pull out that earthquake generator they bought off the russians 30 years ago to trigger that..iran (and the rest of the region)is basically toast.nowt but rubble left.

Was that on eBay ? :rolleyes:

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Why not invade Poland! Everyone else did it .

Be easier than ever now. All the blokes of fighting age are over here.

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