Researchers at the National Center for Geophysical Research (Beirut, Lebanon) believe they’ve found the fault that caused a major earthquake and spawned huge tsunamis in 551 A.D. Historical records confirm that this catastrophic event drowned the city of Beirut and killed more than 30,000 people.
The researchers postulate that at least four other earthquakes similar to the 551 A.D. event have occurred in the past 6,000 to 7,000 years and the dating of mollusk shells indicate that these destructive events occur every 1,500 to 1,700 years. If their analysis is correct, then modern-day Phoenicia (aka Lebanon) is due for another quake of magnitude 7.5 or greater any time now.Lebanon has a population of more than 4 million people and more than 70 percent of them live along the coast where the country’s major infrastructure is also located.
Besides serving as a wake up call for the citizens of Lebanon (and all other coastal communities in geologically active areas) this discovery reinforces the need for much more underwater archaeology. I find it incredible that academia has “created” their history of earth’s civilizations knowing full well that they’ve only examined a fraction of the evidence (the part that conveniently sticks out of the water!) when most of the oldest records are probably still submerged. And they’ve not only created their own version of history, they aggressively defend it to this day! Hopefully the work going on in the Bahamas, and elsewhere around the world, will change that attitude soon – maybe even this year!