Underwater: there are waves out there

Scientists have discovered skyscraper-tall waves breaking deep underwater in the Samoan Passage, South Pacific Ocean.


Known as internal waves, they have been found not on exotic beaches around the world, but three miles below the ocean surface.

These underwater waves - which unfortunately can't be surfed - are made of deep, cold, dense water rising into layers of shallower, warmer, lighter water, and therefore, can reach titanic sizes.

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Hainin, China: the power of a tidal bore

A tidal bore wave powered by Typhoon Trami has crashed into the riverfront area of Hainin, in China, and injured dozens of people.


The power of the wave is incredible. Footage shows how the walls of water destroyed the protection wall and hit many onlookers.

The wave traveled along the Qiantang River with a face height larger than usual. The local tidal level reached 21 feet.

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Tamu Massi: the size of Japan or California

The largest volcano on Planet Earth has been found under the Pacific Ocean, about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) east of Japan.


Tamu Massif measures about 280 by 400 miles (450 by 650 kilometers), or more than 100,000 square miles (259,000 square kilometers).

Its top lies about 6,500 feet below the ocean surface, and the total area of the rise is similar to Japan or California. The base extends down to about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) deep.

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