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Did a Giant Wave Once Engulf New York City?

Did a huge wave (known as a tsunami)strike New York's Fire Island, washing over Wall Street, 2,000 years ago? Geologists are finding evidence that this is what happened. We're all worried about Wall Street's financial problems?let's hope we don't have to worry about it literally drowning as well! Maybe we DO?who knows what the future will bring?

In the December 29th edition of the New York Times, Kenneth Chang reports that the gigantic wave rose as high as 20 feet before it engulfed lower Manhattan, leaving over a foot of sediment on the New Jersey shore (which is how they know it happened).

What was it like? Chang quotes researcher Dallas Abbott as saying that someone at the tip of Lower Manhattan then would probably have seen "something coming in. Then you would hear a big bang, maybe a series of bangs, something that sounded like gunfire or cannons. It would be a really, really loud noise. And then you would be knocked to the ground by the air blast. And then you would be inundated by the tsunami. It would have been a bad day to end all bad days, in all senses." Truly the world is not always what it seems to be.

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