THE port of Ciudadela reopened to regular maritime traffic yesterday morning, after being on “risk” alert after a warning by the Balearic Meteorological Centre.

It had been closed to maritime traffic at midday on Sunday because of the risk of a mini tsunami which could have produced variations of 1.5 metres in the level of the sea. According to forecasts from the Balearic Meteorological Centre, from data obtained by the sensors installed in the Minorca Channel (between Alcudia, Pollensa and Ciudadela), there was a risk of “surges” which could have caused damage to the boats moored inside the port. On receiving this warning the Balearic Islands Port Authority, following the recommendation of the Harbour Masters Office, closed the port. This was a measure which affected all the ships which operate between Ciudadela and Alcudia, Cala Rajada and Barcelona, and around a thousand passengers.

The shipping companies “Iscomar”, “Balearia” and “Interilles” were forced to cancel, reschedule or delay their services, while Iscomar's ship “Nura Nura” was diverted to the port of Mahon.

The warning of the “surge” in the port of Ciudadela could have remained active until 6pm yesterday, but this was cancelled. It is planned to return to “yellow alert” at 8pm today as they are expecting variations in sea level of up to 90 centimetres, which will mean closing the port again. The maximum variations in sea level in the port of Ciudadela, which happened between 4 and 5am yesterday morning reached 60 centimetres. This dropped to 40 centimetres at 8.30am yesterday.

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