A giant wave of almost 24 meters, recorded in the south of New Zealand

A giant wave of almost 24 meters, recorded in the south of New Zealand

A gigantic wave never recorded was located by a group of scientists near Campbell Island 700km south of New Zealand.

What could be the tallest wave ever recorded in the southern hemisphere measured 23.8 meters high, the equivalent of an eight-story building.

According to oceanographer Tom Durrant, this wave, which was measured on May 8 during a strong storm using a buoy, surpassed the previous record in the southern hemisphere, set at 22.03 meters in 2012.

"To our knowledge, it is the highest wave ever recorded in the southern hemisphere," he said.

The Southern Ocean is a unique ocean basin and is the least studied despite occupying22% of the global ocean area. The persistent and energetic wind conditions create enormous potential for wave growth, turning the Southern Ocean into the engine room for generating shock waves that travel across the planet. In fact, California surfers can expect power to hit their shores in about weeks.

Although scientists were able to record this wave of almost 24 meters, the storm is estimated to have caused waves greater than 25 meters just north of the location of the buoy.

The ‘significant wave height’ is the WMO standard value to characterize a sea state,approximately the average of the highest third of the measured waves. During this storm, the significant height of the wave reached 14.9 meters. This is also a record for the Southern Ocean, but falls short of the 19-meter world-record buoy measurement that was recorded in the North Atlantic during 2013.

The largest wave recorded on the planet was a tsunami caused in 1958 by an earthquake in Lituya Bay in Alaska, which measured30.5 meters highaccording to Smithsonian Magazine, a publication of the American Institution for Scientific Research.

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Video: Hyundai Big Wave Mission 2007 - Fiordland New Zealand (November 2021).