Mile-High Dinosaur-Killer Tsunami Recreated In NOAA Simulation
The 2014 Interstellar clip when Matthew McConaughey landed his space crew on a vast plane of water on an inhabitable planet -- only to find out an unfathomably large wave was just ahead -- is what nightmares are made of.
Here's the clip.
A similar megatsunami with mile-high waves occurred on Earth about 66 million years ago after a six-mile-wide asteroid slammed into the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. The impact was enough to wipe out nearly all the dinosaurs and approximately three-quarters of the planet's plant and animal species.
NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Lab and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab published a simulation of the giant tsunami rippling throughout the world.
NEW from NOAA SOS: This dataset shows the tsunami wave caused by the asteroid that hit Earth 66 million years ago. The wave was so impressive because the asteroid is estimated to have been 6+ miles (10+ km) in diameter! Want to learn more? https://t.co/MHCGQ1VDEa#dataviz #Data pic.twitter.com/tbIxp7keoy— NOAA Education (@NOAAeducation) January 30, 2023
With Interstellar's wave scene in mind, one can only imagine what the dinosaurs must have thought before the impact.
NOAA researchers stated the simulation "helps assess and quantify the risk of future large asteroid impacts. In addition, the ability to reproduce mega-events like this is an important validation that the models can help scientists forecast global impacts of more conventional tsunamis that humanity has to deal with."