The next set of postings have nothing to do with energy nor global warming. Much of the series will be excerpted from Chapter 6 of SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Planet Earth. I added this topic because the genesis can be traced to the early 1970's when I was on the team of the Hawaii Geothermal Project, and National Science Foundation funding supported an effort I led on geothermal reservoir engineering, where I noticed that a series of faults, if connected, could lead to a monstrous landslide. In those days, I was not aware that the result could be a cataclysmic tsunami.
But there are non-tsunami monster waves in excess of 27 meters (90 feet). The Naval Research Laboratory, measuring water pressure changes at the bottom of the ocean during Hurricane Ivan in 2004, recorded such waves. Dan Moore won $68,000 at the 2005 Billabong XXL big wave competition by surfing a nearly 21 meter (68 foot) wave at “Jaws,” located on the north shore of Maui in December of 2004. But this wasn’t as large as the 2003 21+ meter (70 foot) wave ridden by Peter Cabrinha. Not to fear, though, as all these waves peter out at the shoreline, where, in surfing tournaments, hordes of fans sit right where the waves lap. Remember The Perfect Storm, the movie? The largest reported wave, maybe even the one that sank the Andrea Gail, was all of 39 feet.