Tsunami in the US desert due to an earthquake in Mexico… 1.2m wave in Death Valley Pool

22 minutes after the earthquake, the ‘Devil’s Hall’ pit 2,400 km away is shaking

The algae in the pond is being washed away… Some effects on endangered pub fish habitats

The ‘desert tsunami’ seen in the Devil’s Hall in Death Valley National Park, USA

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(Los Angeles = Yonhap News) Reporter Yoon-seop Jeong = A natural phenomenon called ‘desert tsunami’ was seen in the United States under the influence of the earthquake that hit Mexico.

Death Valley National Park in the United States announced on the 22nd (local time) following an earthquake in Mexico, that a 1.2-meter high wave occurred in a fresh water pool from the ‘devil’s hole’, a desert cave.

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck off the west coast of Mexico at 11:05 a.m. (US time) on the 19th, and shook Death Valley 1,500 miles (2,414 km) 22 minutes later, according to the park.

Following the earthquake, the Devil’s Hall ponds began to rock, and the highest wave height reached 4 feet (1.2 m) at around 11:35 that day.

The park recorded the desert tsunami phenomenon seen at the Devil’s Hall at the time and published it on its website and YouTube.

A fish lives in the Devil's Hall
A fish lives in the Devil’s Hall

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Neuadd y Diafol is a limestone cave hundreds of feet deep. In particular, some sections are filled with water, and 175 pub fish, an endangered freshwater fish, live here.

According to the park, pub fish feed on algae that grow on rocks in the water, the tsunami caused the tide to wash the algae away, and the food supply for pub fish is expected to decrease in the short term.

The park’s aquatic ecologist, Kevin Wilson, said the pub fish habitat has been temporarily changed, but he expects the fish will tolerate it well.

“Tavern fish have survived several (natural) events in recent years,” he said.


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