A German tourist is reported to have died after a ‘mini tsunami’ struck the Balearic Islands of Majorca and Menorca.
The 53-year-old man died on Monday (16th July) after an unusually large wave crashed into the resort of Cala Egos on the south-east coast of Mallorca and swept him out to sea. Spanish police have launched an investigation into the incident, according to local newspaper Diario de Mallorca.
The wave also caused flooding to businesses, ports and boats in Alcudia, in the north of Mallorca, and Ciutadella, on the west coast of neighbouring island Menorca, with widespread damage documented.
The 1.5-metre (five-foot) wave crashed through numerous beaches and terrace bars, sweeping away outdoor furniture and small boats. Footage posted online shows owners struggling to gain both access and control of their vessels.
The unusual severe weather, known as a meteotsunami, is caused by disturbances in barometric pressure, caused by fast-moving weather events such as thunderstorms.