Persian invaders of Greece ‘did perish in tsunami’

Posted: 04/21/2012 in all marine news

BBC News –

German geologists believe a tsunami recorded by the ancient historian Herodotus did indeed protect a Greek village from Persian invaders.

They say they have found evidence in northern Greece that the event in 479 BC saved the village of Potidaea.

Herodotus recorded that huge waves had killed hundreds of Persian soldiers during the siege of the village.

The scientists from Aachen University warn the area may experience another massive marine event.

They say that northern coastal regions should be included among the Greek regions prone to tsunamis.

It is usually the southern coast of Greece which is identified as a risk area.

Greek geophysicists say earthquakes pose a much greater threat to the country than tsunamis.

“We have found several historic tsunamis on the coast,” Aachen’s Professor Klaus Reicherter told Germany’s DPA news agency.

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