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Hurricane caused 'tallest wave'
Hurricane Ivan generated a wave more than 90 feet (27 metres) high - thought to be the tallest and most intense ever measured - scientists have revealed.
It would have dwarfed a 10-storey building and had the power to snap a ship in half - but never reached land.
The wave was recorded by sensors on the ocean floor as Hurricane Ivan passed over the Gulf of Mexico last September.
The observations suggest prior estimates for extreme waves are too low, researchers warn in Science.
Hurricane Ivan caused more than 100 deaths and left a trail of devastation as it swept over several Caribbean islands and part of the United States.
Originally posted by worldwatcher
I wonder what is the probability of these waves ever reaching the shore?
[edit on 8-8-2005 by worldwatcher]
BTW, that "significant wave height" is much much smaller than what biggest waves are.
Originally posted by Valhall