Washington D.C is Sinking into the Ocean – should we panic now?

“Right now is the time to start making preparations,” said Ben DeJong, lead author of the study, in a University of Vermont press release. “Six extra inches of water really matters in this part of the world.” Pretty soon none of the debates in Congress and name-calling during intense election campaigns is going to matter. Chances are people are going to be sleeping with the fishes…

According to new research conducted by geologists at the University of Vermont and the U.S. Geological Survey, the land in the Chesapeake Bay region, including the nation’s capital, is sinking at an aust rbularmingly fast rate. The sea level in the Chesapeake is rising at twice the global average and faster than anywhere else on the East Coast, the researchers say, which means D.C. will sink 6 or more inches in the next 100 years.

Is that a petty number we can just brush off? And it’s not just Washington which is sinking into the sea. A new research claims 40% of the U.S. population is at a triple threat risk from ‘compound flooding’ However, as far as Washington goes the reason may be a little different than New York and other coastal cities.

The sinking is being triggered by melting ice sheets which are leading underlying rock to bulge upward. As the ice melts, the rock bulge drops. Scientists say this will cause more flooding in the region, which is already getting worse from global warming.


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