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Scientists confirmed the biggest wave ever recorded. It was as tall as a 6-story building.


This is the first time we have ever measured a wave of 19 metres. It is a remarkable record.
Wenjian Zhang, WMO

The world record for the largest recorded wave has been broken. 

Scientists at the World Meteorological Organization found a 62.3-foot high wave peaked in the Atlantic Ocean between Iceland and the United Kingdom. The wave on Feb. 4, 2013 is the biggest wave ever measured by a buoy. The record was confirmed Tuesday.

Hiroshi Konishi, foreground, walks out of the ocean after surfing as other surfers wait for waves Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, in Malibu, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

If you thought big waves were a West Coast thing, it turns out the North Atlantic tends to have the biggest waves. That area often has powerful ocean storms called "bombs" thanks to cold fronts and wind patterns. And bombs make huge waves.

No, you should not surf this

Scientists were concerned with the wave's implications for boater safety. 

“It highlights the importance of meteorological and ocean observations and forecasts to ensure the safety of the global maritime industry and to protect the lives of crew and passengers on busy shipping lanes,” WMO assistant secretary-general Wenjian Zhang said.

The wave's height is defined as the distance between the crest of one wave to the trough of the next.

This CNN graphic puts it in perspective.

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