Scientists announce largest comparative rogue wave ever detected

Researchers detected the largest rogue wave ever in terms of proportionality, with a height of 58 feet that measured out to three times that of surrounding waves.

The giant was first detected in November 2020 by a buoy 4.3 miles off the coast of Vancouver Island in Canada. Scientists released the study in February, confirming it was the largest ever observed.

"Only a few rogue waves in high sea states have been observed directly, and nothing of this magnitude," Johannes Gemmrich, a lead researcher on rogue waves at the University of Victoria, told CNN.

Rogue waves are defined as being at least twice the height of the surrounding waves and colliding with the winds. As per reports, they can move against wind and currents and appear to be from anywhere

The first rogue wave detected was near Norway in 1995, measuring 84 feet compared to adjacent 40-foot waves. The Vancouver wave measured in at nearly three times that of its 20-foot neighbors.

Swell of this kind can pose a danger due to their force and unpredictability. This wave, however, didn't seem to cause damage due to its distance from shore.

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