Tsunami

So space science has given us an inkling into ocean science here on Earth. Some interesting facts that kind of scare me a little, from the article on Space.Com:

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/rogue_waves_040722.html

Two large ships sink every week on average, but the cause is never studied to the same detail as an air crash,” says Wolfgang Rosenthal of the GKSS Forschungszentrum GmbH research center in Germany. “It simply gets put down to bad weather.”

Well, that’s a little scary. Why don’t we give the loss of a ship the same scrutiny we give the loss of an aircraft or space shuttle? Maybe if we had been, we’d have been chasing down this rogue wave thing a long time ago.

The cause for most of the mishaps is a mystery, but so-called rogue waves as tall as 10-story buildings are believed to be the major culprit in many cases. Yet until recent years, scientists doubted such strangely huge waves occurred so frequently.

Windows of luxury liners get broken. Supertankers are disabled and left vulnerable to the whim of the next wave. Many ships disappear.

Maybe I should rethink getting a large luxury yaught to live on in my retirement. 🙂

In the three weeks of satellite data, researchers found 10 waves in various parts of the world that were more than 82 feet (25 meters) high. That added a global perspective to information collected from various oil platforms. (A radar device on the North Sea’s Goma oilfield counted 466 rogue waves over 12 years.)

So much for a Tsunami season. Monster waves are everywhere.

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