Valencia issues tsunami alert then revokes it after 24 minutes

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake in Greece earlier this week sparked a very brief tsunami warning in Valencia.

Valencia, Spain.

Valencia, Spain. Image by Tibor Kovacs / CC BY 2.0

People were advised to steer clear of beaches and other coastal regions across the province - but the warning was in place for just less than half an hour before being cancelled by the local government. The same warning was sent out and then withdrawn along the rest of Spain’s Mediterranean coast. The earthquake, which killed at least two people in Greece and caused significant damage in parts of the Ionian islands, struck the opposite side of the Mediterranean close to the islands of Lefkada and Corfu. At the time, Spain feared coastal water levels could rise by one metre.

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