Published On: Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012

‘Wave of Poseidon’ was real tsunami

Credit: Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849)

When the ocean rose up and saved a Greek town from a marauding Persian army nearly 2,500 years ago, renowned Greek historian Herodotus chalked it up to an act of the gods.

Yet new evidence suggests his account of divine intervention is firmly rooted in the earthly realm, and was actually a tsunami, according to a researcher who spoke here Thursday at the annual meeting of the Seismological Society of America.

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