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Technical University Delft, Netherlands
In September 2006 a team of research scientists at the highly regarded Dutch Technical University at Delft published the findings of their research into the La Palma Tsunami phenomenon.

The report is devastatingly critical of all aspects of the BBC Horizon program and the scientific information that it was reportedly based upon.

Download Dutch language pdf version of their report
pdf report (448Kb)
English summary
This article has just recently been brought to my attention and I am currently trying to obtain an English translation.

The report states:
- 'La Palma has a very stable construction.'
- 'The island has an abundance of obstacles which would prevent any block from sliding quickly'
- 'Any block would break into pieces'
- They modelled the island, but 'whatever they tried they couldn't generate a significant tsunami'
- they even modelled the island higher and steeper but still couldn't get La Palma to slide into the sea.
- 'the so-called steam-kettle effect was modelled, but simply blew some steam out through the top of the ridge but excerpted no lateral pressure. (Needed by Ward/Day/McGuire to kick-start the rock-slide)'
- 'they calculated that the lateral pressure needed to move half of La Palma would be the equivalent of 600 million jet-fighter engines'
- 'the island might possibly become unstable if the island grows taller, at the current rate that would take at least 10000 years'
- of the BBC Horizon programs claim that 'a huge massive block of rock is just waiting to slide into the sea' they accuse the researchers (Ward/Day/McGuire) of having 'a complete lack of insight into ground mechanics'
- even under the most extreme circumstances they could only create a wave 15cm to 100cm tall at the coast of America
- the Delft researchers join the chorus of scientists who state that Ward/Day/McGuire used an incorrect algorithm to calculate the size of the tsunami.

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