When a tsunami hits Ireland
The sea is rising again in Ireland and the seas are rising fast.
The Irish sea has risen by 4.2 metres, or about 14 feet, in the last four days, with the latest measured on Wednesday at 14.5 metres, an increase of about 1 metre.
The latest figure is an increase on Tuesday, when the sea rose by 3.5 m, a rise of 1.4 metres.
It was not clear how fast the rise would continue, and the Irish government said it was not possible to forecast the rise because it was “too early to tell”.
“The sea is getting bigger and bigger,” Environment Minister Michael Creedon said.
“If you have a sea level rise of 5 metres, it would have a very dramatic effect on people’s lives.”
We’re still waiting for the science and we’re still looking for the evidence, but we are getting closer and closer to the tipping point.”
Mr Creedon told the Irish Independent the latest surge was caused by “a very large-scale volcanic eruption”.
The last time sea levels rose as fast as they are now was in 2008, when a volcanic eruption killed more than 70,000 people. “
We are in the midst of a massive volcanic eruption that is occurring on a much larger scale than anyone imagined,” he said.
The last time sea levels rose as fast as they are now was in 2008, when a volcanic eruption killed more than 70,000 people.
“I think this time is going to be even more dangerous, especially given the amount of sea-level rise that is happening in the area,” Mr Creedon added.
“It is not going to get any better and it will get worse and worse, which is why we need to act now to keep the population safe.”
How much will it cost?
The Irish government says it would cost about €2.5 billion ($2.9 billion) to keep people safe, but experts say this figure could be much higher, given the size of the problem and the number of people involved.
Irish authorities say they are expecting more and more sea level increase during the summer months.
They are also warning people not to panic and to stay away from beaches and swimming pools, as the sea could rise more quickly and potentially cause more damage.
What is sea level?
Sea level is a measurement of the height of a sea’s surface and it is based on the amount the sea covers in a given period of time.
The higher the sea level, the higher the amount a river or sea shore can carry.
The most recent figure was 6.9 metres (22 feet) on Monday.