Massive waves in Port Nolloth, SA


During the last weeks the shores of Portugal have been hit by moster waves up to 30 meters.

On September 1, 2008 we arrived in Port Nolloth on the north east corner of South Africa. We did not know anything about the storm coming from the Atlantic. We just admired the massive waves shaking the fishing boats.

Now, early 2014 I browsed the pictures from that trip and got interested about the size of that storm. I found something in the Internet. Richtersveld Local Municipality wrote in their Annual Report 2008:

“On the 1st and 2nd of September 2008 the Northern Cape Coast, Port Nolloth was subjected to a severe coastal storm with waves in access of 7 meters that caused extensive damage to the coastal zone.”

So seven meters high waves. That’s something like 2-3 story high building. And nothing compared to the waves seen now in Portugal.

Port Nolloth, South Africa, September 1, 2008

Port Nolloth, South Africa, September 1, 2008

Port Nolloth, South Africa, September 1, 2008

Port Nolloth, South Africa, September 1, 2008

Port Nolloth, South Africa, September 1, 2008

Port Nolloth, South Africa, September 1, 2008

About Olli Laasanen

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4 Responses to Massive waves in Port Nolloth, SA

  1. dianaed2013 says:

    Just to read about what is happening – the perspective of the public and not a journalistic interpretation brings everything alive

  2. rigbyte says:

    Brilliant photographs…the little trawlers seem so fragile making a perfect contrast with the unimaginable/incomprehensible power of the ocean.

    • We saw some boats washed to the shore, but amazingly most of those were seemingly intact by the storm – fragile and sturdy at the same time.

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