Houses washed away after Greenland tsunami

Photos show houses half-submerged in the water.
Photos show houses half-submerged in the water. Photo credit: Facebook / Joint Arctic Command

Photos have emerged of the damage left behind after a tsunami hit a remote Greenland village, showing houses completely submerged in the icy water.

The top of a building can be seen in the water to the far right.
The top of a building can be seen in the water to the far right. Photo credit: Facebook / Joint Arctic Command

Four people are believed dead after the 4.0 earthquake struck 28km north of Nuugaatsiaq, a tiny village on the large island's west coast, on Saturday night (Sunday local time).

The town is only home to an estimated 84 residents.

The Joint Arctic Command has posted a series of photos on their Facebook page, capturing the aftermath.

Chunks of ice washed up on to the land.
Chunks of ice washed up on to the land. Photo credit: Facebook / Joint Arctic Command

"On the night of Tuesday, six men went from the inspection ship, VÆDDEREN, to land in the Nuugaatsiaq village," the Facebook post reads.

"The six men would Ensure that the village sled dogs were fed and restart Tele Greenland's emergency generator, so that cellular coverage could be re-established in the area, facilitating communication for rescue efforts."

A house submerged in icy water.
A house submerged in icy water. Photo credit: Facebook / Joint Arctic Command
A roof appears to have been ripped from a building.
A roof appears to have been ripped from a building. Photo credit: Facebook / Joint Arctic Command

"The search was hampered by dense ice and increasing poor visibility in the bay. As a result, VÆDDEREN [had to] quit the search for the four people [feared dead]," Joint Arctic Command says.

The tsunami-struck town is thought to have around 84 residents.
The tsunami-struck town is thought to have around 84 residents. Photo credit: Facebook / Joint Arctic Command

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