The Malta Independent 15 August 2022, Monday

Watch: Seawater levels rise drastically in low-lying areas due to natural phenomenon

Thursday, 30 June 2022, 10:39 Last update: about 3 months ago

Residents of low-lying coastal areas like St Julian’s, Qawra and Marsascala this morning experienced a natural phenomenon that saw seawater rising to higher-than-usual levels.  

St Julian’s resident Frances Grech posted the video above, which shows the tide rising rapidly along the town’s ‘il-Qaliet’ area, dragging street furniture along the promenade. 

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The phenomenon is called ‘Seiche waves’ and is caused by a change in atmospheric pressure. It can happen at any time of the year. The phenomenon is fairly common.  

Similar incidents were reported in Birzebbugia, Xemxija and Ghadira.

 

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