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Tsunamis: 2017

Tsunamis: 2017

Unread postby dohboi » Sun 18 Jun 2017, 07:26:48

Media is reporting of a tsunami affecting Uummannaq, Nuugaatsiaq, Illorsuit and Upernavik. following a earthquake 40 km north of Uummannaq.
There are yet unconfirmed reports of fatalities, and evacuations are taking place because of the risk of aftershocks.

http://knr.gl/da/nyheder/det-ved-vi
http://knr.gl/da/nyheder/upernavik-og-b ... ere-fare-0
http://www.dagbladet.no/nyheter/stor-re ... d/67693720

(This per doogi at ASIF...I don't read Danish, but if anyone can to give a further update, that would be nice)
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Re: Tsunamis: 2017

Unread postby Tanada » Sun 18 Jun 2017, 08:53:43

Late last night, big floods hit the Nuugaatsiaq district. Big waves also hit Uummannaq and Illorsuit. Later in the night waves also hit the Upernavik area.

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Emergency planning authorities are evacuating residents in Nuugaatsiaq, and the first inhabitants are evacuated to Uummanaq, which is the evacuation site.

There are several credible messages about both dead and injured, but for the time being it is not possible to get it confirmed by the police.

On the social media there are images of massive and violent material damage.

Nor is it yet clear what the flood is due to. But GEUS tells in an email to KNR that there has been an earthquake in the area that could be the underlying factor.

A rescue helicopter has been sent from Uummannaq with police, health care and rescue services. Arctic Command has sent ships and helicopters to the area.

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Re: Tsunamis: 2017

Unread postby vox_mundi » Sun 18 Jun 2017, 11:01:02

Tsunami waves damage some villages on the Greenland coast - 4 people missing, 9 injured (2 serious)

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The population of the village of Nuugaatsiaq (2010 census 84 inhabitants) have now all been evacuated to the town of Uummannaq (1200 inhabitants) as the authorities do fear for aftershocks which can generate additional land- or seaslides.

– Four people were listed as missing Sunday, June 18, after an earthquake sparked a tsunami off Greenland and forced some residents to be evacuated.

"Four people are missing," local broadcaster KNR quoted local police chief Bjorn Tegner Bay as telling a news conference in the autonomous Danish territory.

There were no confirmed fatalities, but Bay said 11 houses had been swept away after a magnitude 4 overnight quake off Uummannaq, a small island well above the Arctic Circle.

"The huge waves risk breaking over Upernavik and its environs. The residents of Nuugaatsiaq are going to be evacuated," police said on Facebook, referring to nearby hamlets.

Some residents posted images to social media showing huge waves breaking over buildings in the town. Video

The video above shows another wave of water swelling into the village. Although the video does not give additional details, we believe that this swelling is not the destructive tsunami. the howling sounds of animals is from the huskies who are used by the Greenlanders for hunting. As per my earlier visit to Ittoqotoormit, Greenland i remember that these huskies are fixed to anchors, so it would not surprise me that some dogs may have been killed by the water too.


Giant earthquakes are shaking Greenland — and scientists just figured out the disturbing reason why
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Insensible before the wave so soon released by callous fate. Affected most, they understand the least, and understanding, when it comes, invariably arrives too late.
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Re: Tsunamis: 2017

Unread postby dohboi » Sun 18 Jun 2017, 16:58:27

Thanks, vox. That's a good article.

Apparently there is still some uncertainty about whether the wave was triggered by an earthquake or a landslide.

http://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.p ... #msg117527
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Re: Tsunamis: 2017

Unread postby vox_mundi » Mon 19 Jun 2017, 11:25:21

dohboi wrote:Thanks, vox. That's a good article.

Apparently there is still some uncertainty about whether the wave was triggered by an earthquake or a landslide.

http://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.p ... #msg117527

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Mountain Landslides in Karrat Isfjorden blamed for flood

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Arctic Command apparently found the cause of the disaster:

The collapse and landslide of a mountain 300 X 1100 meters in Karratfjorden probably caused the tsunami that Saturday destroyed much of the village Nuugaatsiaq according to Arctic Command.

Late Saturday night, 21:40 local time, an earthquake triggered a landslide in Karrat Isfjorden in northwest Greenland. A cliff about 300 x 1100 meters crashed into the fjord and triggered a tsunami, which subsequently hit the coasts of the surrounding islands and fjords systems, according to Arctic Command on it's Facebook page (Video) early Monday morning.

Eight minutes after the tremors the tsunami wave hit the settlement of Nuugaatsiaq where 11 buildings were washed away and four people remain missing.
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Re: Tsunamis: 2017

Unread postby dohboi » Mon 19 Jun 2017, 17:04:30

Good catch. Just saw it over on ASIF.
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