Deadly waves kill two on cruise ship

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Three unusually large waves crashed into a Mediterranean cruise ship traveling between Barcelona, Spain and Genoa, Italy killing two passengers. Witnesses say the 26-foot waves smashed windows on the front of the ship. By freak wave standards these weren't by any means the largest (see Thor's huge wave post from a few years ago), but they were large enough to do damage. Rogue waves aren't uncommon, and sailing lore often mentions the "Three Sisters", abnormally large waves that come in sets of threes among smaller waves, like these recent ones did. This NOAA webpage attributes these kinds of freakish waves to storms and high winds, but is it possible these abnormal killer waves were generated by the recent earthquake in Chile? Just a thought.

BBC story

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

regg's picture
regg says:

I don't think there is a way to verify if the killer wave was generated by the earthquake in Chile but we do need to find some answers about these waves to be able to avoid any tragedy in the future. Did the sales for Mediterranean cruises went down since the event? How do the customers respond to this event? I am ready to embark on a cruise as long as I have the guarantee that nothing wrong will happen during the journey.

posted on Fri, 06/04/2010 - 1:45pm
Jenny's picture
Jenny says:

I wonder how the other passengers on the cruise fared?

posted on Sun, 07/25/2010 - 8:30am
Drew S 23's picture
Drew S 23 says:

That REAALLY sucks !:{

posted on Thu, 12/23/2010 - 2:06pm
Helen Ezeikel's picture
Helen Ezeikel says:

This news is so sad yet we can't do anything else but pray and believe that we can live our lives to the fullest and be away from nature's bad mood!.

posted on Tue, 08/21/2012 - 8:10am
Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dog T-shirt's picture

The waves were so cool. Nice surfing there I think. The waves are so big enough to surf longer. Thanks for the post.

posted on Sun, 11/18/2012 - 10:57pm

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