​Mini Tsunami Hits Tourist Beaches In Menorca And Majorca

A mini tsunami - known as a meteotsunami - has been filmed hitting tourist beaches in Menorca and Majorca, Spain:

The shocking footage was shared on Facebook page Virales Mallorca, and shows sea water spilling from the beach and onto the roads.

"Flooding in Port d'Alcudia," the post's caption read, adding: "Climate change?"

Later in the day, the page also shared another video of the 'flood in Porto Cristo'.

Meteotsunamis, which are also sometimes called meteorological tsunamis, are large waves that are generated when rapid changes in barometric pressure cause bodies of water to displace.

Credit: Facebook/Virales Mallorca
Credit: Facebook/Virales Mallorca

This one hit tourist beaches in areas of Majorca and Menorca, reportedly less than 40 miles away from the Love Island villa, no less.

According to the Mirror, the five-foot wave crashed into Ciutadella on the west coast of Menorca on Monday morning, leaving beaches nearby flooded.

It also affected some resorts in Majorca, with video footage showing the rising water moving across roads in Alcudia in the north.

Thankfully, there have been no reports of any injuries, and the freak weather incident is thought to have happened early in the day when beaches were relatively empty.

Just two days ago we reported that a giant iceberg has the potential to cause a tsunami in Greeland.

Lina Davidsen of Greenland police, told Sky News: "Residents were evacuated in the early hours of Friday in fears that a flood would hit the place as a result of the broken iceberg.

"All the people in the danger area have been evacuated to a building that is further up in the village. The evacuation happened only because the iceberg is so close to the village."

Susanne Eliassen, who is a member of the Innaarsuit council, also said that while it wasn't uncommon for icebergs to be seen near the village, this one was much bigger.

Eliassen said: "This iceberg is the biggest we have seen... and there are cracks and holes that make us fear it can calve anytime.

"Nobody is staying unnecessarily close to the beach and all children have been told to stay in areas that are high up."

If the iceberg does split and melt into the sea, it could trigger a tsunami - but fortunately it has remained grounded, and didn't move overnight when people suspected it might.

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Virales Mallorca

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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