The west coast of Greenland was struck by an earthquake that caused a rare tsunami, flooding a dozen homes and leaving four people missing.
According to Danish media, the waves might have been caused after the earthquake created a landslide into the sea.
The tidal waves reportedly swept away at least eleven homes in the village of Nuugaatsiaq, Greenland. Now video footage has emerged that shows people running away from the shore as the enormous waves hit their homes.
The waves can be seen making their way into the coast and engulfing several houses. People can also be seen running away to a safer place. The Greenland government said a small village in the northwest was flooded and two other places in the same area were also affected.
The Danish news agency Ritzau reported the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) recorded the earthquake with magnitude 4. The local media also reported several casualties.
However the main cause of the tsunami remains unknown.
Trine Dahl Jensen, GEUS senior researcher, warned of the risks of aftershocks and added that such an earthquake to hit Greenland was “not normal.”
“What we know is that some big waves have caused flooding,” said Liselotte Boehm of Greenland's police.
Greenland’s Prime Minister Kim Kielsen also shared his thoughts through a Facebook post, “It's hard to believe what happened last night. After the earthquake in Nuugaatsiaq we were made aware that the forces of nature can suddenly change ... what happened is tragic and my thoughts are with everyone from Nuugaatsiaq.”
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