Massive wave is southern hemisphere record, scientists believe

Massive wave is southern hemisphere record, scientists believe

At the other extreme, waves can very occasionally be much, much taller: The biggest ever recorded, which struck Alaska in 1958, was 1,720 feet.

Tom Durrant senior oceanographer said: 'This is a very exciting event and it is the largest wave ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere'. "It's very probable that larger waves occurred while the buoy was not recording".

The record-breaking wave was measured during a storm on Tuesday, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

A wave rider buoy moored at Campbell Island off New Zealand's South Island registered the wave of 23.8 metres on Tuesday, Meteorological Metservice of New Zealand has said. The wave measuring device only records for 20 minutes every three hours, meaning that there are large amounts of time when no measurements were taken.

The previous record-breaking wave in this region was recorded in 2012 when a wave was found to have reached 72.3 feet (22.03 meters) in height in Tasmania.

According to NOAA the Southern Ocean is the "newest" named ocean. "Indeed, surfers in California can expect energy from this storm to arrive at their shores in about a week's time".




So just how big was this wave?

The researchers think the storm's waves may have exceed the 25 metre (82 feet) mark, but without being recorded by their instruments. "[This] storm is the flawless example of waves generated by the easterly passage of a deep low-pressure system with associated wind speeds exceeding 65 knots", Dr Durrant continued.

The swell map showing the wave (the red dot is the buoy that picked up the reading).

"The Antarctic Ocean goes around the world without being blocked by land", he explains. The World Meteorological Organization uses something called "significant wave height" to characterize the sea state.

The huge wave that struck close to the coast of New Zealand was so massive that it would have even crashed beyond the top of the White House and is the equivalent a building that is eight stories high. One of the consequences of a warming world is thought to be more intense storms - and that means larger waves.

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