Two of the many things I’m interested in other than politics are archaeology and geology, which come together in this story. First the archaeology, which involves:
…the mysterious abandonment of Atlit-Yam, a Neolithic village located along the coast of present-day Israel. When archeologists discovered the village about 20 years ago, they found evidence of a sudden evacuation, including a pile of fish that had been gutted and sorted but then left to rot.
The explanation turns out to be geological:
A volcano avalanche in Sicily 8,000 years ago triggered a devastating tsunami taller than a 10-story building that spread across the entire Mediterranean Sea, slamming into the shores of three continents in only a few hours.
The Mt. Etna avalanche sent 6 cubic miles of rock and sediment tumbling into the water