A strange and surprising phenomenon was registered on January 5, 2018, in the tourist resort of El Rodadero in Santa Marta, Colombia where giant waves flooded the beach like a tsunami, baffling hundreds of people who were sunbathing at that exact same time. The weird event occurred unexpectedly, without previous notice or signs. These days El Rodadero is completely full. In July, a similar phenomenon occurred and was called a ‘mini-tsunami’ by authorities.

The water reached the tent area of the beach and scared those who enjoyed the sun as a giant wave surprised hundreds of tourists who enjoyed the sun and the sea at the tourist resort of El Rodadero, in Santa Marta, reaching the pier about 20 meters from the shore.

“It was tremendous,” reports a witness, “it started as a normal wave but then it reached the tents’ area.”

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Giant waves flood beach El Rodadero, in Santa Marta, Colombia on January 5, 2018. via Twitter
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The mini tsunami waves surprised hundreds of bathers in Colombia. via Twitter
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The strong swell reached the tent area at least 20 meters away from the shore. via Facebook
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Nobody was injured or killed by the powerful and strong waves after crashing and flooding the beach in El Rodadero in Santa Marta, Colombia on January 5 2018. via Caracol
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A similar phenomenon occurred in July 2017. It was named mini tsunami by authorities. via El Heraldo

Officials explain this weird phenomenon as a result of a low pressure center. The same abnormal swells have been reported along all the beaches in the area. Playa Grande and Playa Blanca have even been evacuated.

In Ecuador, the ocean disappeared suddenly leaving fishermen baffled on January 3, 2018.

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