At 6:00 A.M., on November 28, 2020, a landslide, estimated to be 7 and 10 million cubic meters in size, thunder down mountain valley into Bute Inlet, B.C.
It generated a tsunami that was estimated to be 100 meters high. The landslide was detected by seismometers across North America, with a magnitude of 4.9 on the Richter Scale.
According to Dr. Brent Ward, a professor with the SFU Department of Earth Science, and Co-director of the Centre for Natual Hazards Research, the landslide as the result of "Climate Change." He theorizes that a retreating glacier northeast of the head of Bute Inlet, above Elliot Creek, normally secured by the glacier came loose, and plunged into a glacial lake at the head of the creek.
Baker, Rochelle. 2020. . "Environmental ripple effect of Bute Inlet landslide starting to unfold, scientists say." National Observer, December 22, 2020. https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/12/22/news/environmental-ripple-effect-bute-inlet-landslide
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