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April 14, 2010 / Dave Gorham

Huge Glacier Triggers Tsunami in Peru Lake

A massive glacier which plunged into a lake in Peru on Sunday caused a 23-meter (or 75-foot) tsunami wave that destroyed a nearby town. The glacier was the size of about four football fields and it fell into the 513 Lake in the northern Ancash region. The lake was near the town of Carhuaz, which is about 200 miles north of Lima.


Peru is home to 70 percent of the world’s tropical icefields. Government official said that the tsunami wave swept away at least three people, injured about 50 others and destroyed a water processing plant that serves 60,000 local residents. Investigators say the chunk of ice from the Hualcan glacier measured 1,640 feet by 656 feet.


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