Monster ocean wave sets southern hemisphere record: scientists


Nobody actually saw the 78-foot-tall (23.8 meters) wave crash down, but a buoy moored by New Zealand's Campbell Island managed to log the fantastic wonder on May 8, according to MetOcean Solutions, a subsidiary of the Meteorological Service of New Zealand. The previous record was set by a 22.03-metre wave clocked by an Australian buoy in south Tasmania in 2012, reported BBC.

A storm close to the Southern Ocean's Campbell Island, a low-pressure system and 65-knot winds helped create prime conditions for the wave to form.

"Assuming climate models are correct about stronger storms, then we can expect bigger waves as well", Durrant said, The Sydney Morning Herald reported. "The more area without land, the easier it is to develop highest waves", he added, referring to how it has been possible the formation of a 24-meter wave, recorded by New Zealand, and, supposedly, the highest wave in the Southern Hemisphere ever.

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Anyone who's visited the coast has likely seen a wave first hand, but these ocean movements don't just occur near the shore and can be seen in even the most remote parts of our planet's oceans. This week's storm featured a significant wave height of almost 15 meters, or 49 feet, another Southern Hemisphere record.

During the storm recorded by New Zealand, the significant wave height was 14.9m.

According to the Smithsonian, the largest wave ever recorded was in Alaska's Lituya Bay in 1958.

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Officials said the solar-powered buoy that recorded the wave was installed in March to measure extreme conditions in the Southern Ocean and only measured for a 20-minute burst every three hours to conserve battery life.

The significant wave height record of 19 meters, or 62 feet, was produced by a North Atlantic storm. It measured 30.5 meters (100 feet) and was caused due to a tsunami, which killed five people.

Rodrigo Koxa recalls the day he rode the monster wave.

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