Mother Nature can be beautiful and terrifying at the same time. Playa Puerto Nuevo in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, looks like a gorgeous getaway spot, but it is not as peaceful as it seems to be at first. You would think that the reef barrier would protect the beach from wind gusts and big waves. Well, it does, partially. Only 30 seconds into the video, my jaw dropped. What looks like a cloud floating above the reef, is actually a gigantic wave. Would you dare to go there? Please, SHARE!
I can’t believe people were not running away from that ginormous wave. I was terrified just watching it from the monitor.
In early 2010, the massive waves came up and over the reef barrier and destroyed the buildings and parking areas. Everything has been restored in 2015.
Winds at sea generate waves that are around 10 feet high; during storms, 30-footers are common. Unlike the waves we enjoy at the beach, tsunami waves don’t break because they don’t get steep enough, meets shallow water. Energy distributed throughout the water column and wavelengths extending a hundred miles give them frightening stability. They arrive as towering masses.
The tallest tsunami ever documented (100 feet high) occurred in Lituya Bay, Alaska. In 1958, an earthquake along the Fairweather Fault in the Alaska Panhandle loosened about 40 million cubic yards of rock high above the northeastern shore of Lituya Bay. All that mass plunged from an altitude of approximately 3000 feet down into the waters of Gilbert Inlet. The impact generated a local tsunami that crashed against the southwest shoreline. The wave continued down the entire length of Lituya Bay, over La Chaussee Spit and into the Gulf of Alaska. The force of the wave was so powerful, it swept away all trees and vegetation from elevations as high as 1720 feet above sea level! Property damage was minimal because there were few towns nearby.