A five-foot tsunami has hit tourist beaches in parts of Majorca and Menorca. A wave measuring almost five feet hit Ciutadella on the west coast of Menorca in the early hours of Monday morning.
Nearby beaches were also flooded by the meteotsunami, called a rissaga in Catalan Spanish. These are large, tsunami-like waves are triggered by disturbances in air pressure caused by fast-moving weather events, like thunderstorms. The freak weather phenomenon also affected holiday resorts in Majorca, with seawater flooding bars and terraces by the coast in Andratx and covering beachside roads.
Boat owners in the resort on Majorca’s south west coast were filmed desperately trying to protect their boats, with the footage shared widely on social media. The strong current broke the ropes of a historic sailing boat used by the Majorca Island Council, which had to be rescued by sailors and brought back to port as it drifted out to sea.
There were no reports of any injuries and the meteotsunami occurred when the beaches were largely empty before holidaymakers started to arrive for their daily dose of sun. Meteotsunamis, also known as meteorological tsunamis, are tsunami-like waves generated by rapid changes in barometric pressure.
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