Published by the American Geological Institute
Newsmagazine of the Earth Sciences
| About 1,700 years ago an earthquake struck a region
in the Mediterranean Sea, creating a tsunami that wiped out the Eastern
Port of Alexandria in Egypt and Cleopatra’s Royal Quarters. After finally
discovering the flooded treasure room in 1996, scientists turned their
attention to other lost pharaonic cities further east in the Bay of Aboukir.
The scientists announced discovering the cities this summer, but it
remains a mystery how Canopus, Menuthis and Herakleion, cities 25 kilometers
east of Cleopatra’s sunken royal quarters, also fell prey to a watery demise.
At the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco
this month, researchers will be scrutinizing earthquakes as possible culprits.
Divers Gregory Dalex and Philippe Rousseau
examine the foundations of a wall after excavation.
All of the vestiges were buried beneath the sediment.
Christoph Gerigk for Hilti Foundation/Discovery Channel/