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On Hokusai's great wave off Kanagawa

Publication Date: 16 September, 2013


The great rogue wave.

Hokusai’s Great Wave is very realistic and there is more to it than first meets the eye. It is not a tsunami as many might have thought. A recent study (J. M. Dudley, V. Sarano and F. Dias, Notes Rec. R. Soc. 67, 159–164; 2013) suggests that it is a rogue wave — a very rare phenomenon caused by the combined effect of winds and ocean currents.