Sunday, August 24, 2008

Mini-tsunami hits Cape Coast

By Mishkah Anthony
24 August 2008

The National Sea Rescue Institute says it is concerned that a mini-tsunami may have hit the Cape West Coast without prior warning.

Spokesperson Craig Lambinon says they have been inundated with calls about unusual tidal patterns since Thursday.

Some buildings along the St Helena Bay coast were apparently slightly damaged. Lambinon says the cause could have been seismic activity in the Atlantic Ocean.

It may have registered below seven on the Richter scale, explaining why the Hawaii Command Centre did not pick it up.

“We are investigating the matter further in consolation with a host of organisations, but at this stage it appears, base on the evidence that we have that it was in fact a mini-tsunami.”

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