Rogue-wave prediction tool introduced

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Sailing history is rife with tales of monster-sized rogue waves -- huge, towering walls of water that seemingly rise up from nothing to dwarf, then deluge, vessel and crew.

Rogue waves can measure eight times higher than the surrounding seas and can strike in otherwise calm waters, with virtually no warning.

Now a prediction tool developed by MIT engineers might give sailors a 2-3 minute warning of an incoming rogue wave, providing them with enough time to shut down essential operations on a ship or offshore platform.

Click here for the full report from MIT.