VIDEO: Mini 'tsunami' hits Majorca and Menorca, flooding streets and bars

A 'mini tsunmai' has flooded bars and streets on the Spanish islands of Majorca and Menorca.


Beaches and restaurants were hit after a weather phenomenon known as a meteotsunami caused a 5ft (1.5m) wave to hit the tourist isles - popular with Brits - on Monday morning.

The wave affected Ciutadella, on the west coast of Menorca, and Alcudia in the north of Majorca.

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Footage posted online showed water rushing across roads and boat owners struggling to control their vessels out at sea.

A meteotsunami - also called a rissaga - is triggered by disturbances in air pressure following fast-moving weather events such as severe thunderstorms.

The large waves can reach heights of 6ft (1.8m) and are generally smaller than tsunamis, which are caused by seismic activity.