Four people missing after flooding in remote Greenland village

Tsunami

The relatively-small magnitude 4 quake was still enough to trigger a surge of water which destroyed several homes.

Greenland's west coast was hit with a devastating tsunami that's believed to have been triggered by a 4.0 magnitude quake yesterday.

'You have seen that in Greenland before, ' Jensen said. Recent reports say the four people missing were inside their home in Nuugaatsiaq when the waves struck.

A total of 39 people have been evacuated from Nuugaatsiaq. Because we live in the age of social media, many residents posted videos of the event. At least nine of the evacuated people were injured, two of them sustaining serious injuries.

Nuugaatsiaq, which has a population of around 100 people, was one of the most affected areas. A helicopter and boats have been deployed to assist in the search-and-rescue effort.

The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland said Sunday that an natural disaster late Saturday with a magnitude of around 4.0 on the Richter scale struck northwestern Greenland near the village of Nuugaatsiaq.

11 buildings in the Nuugaatsiaq settlement have been washed away by the waves.

Local media say several casualties were reported in the incident, with the Greenland government confirming villages Uummannaq and Illorsuit were also affected by the tsunami.

Residents in at least three villages have been told to evacuate and seek higher ground.

"A good explanation is that the quake created a fault at the origin of a tsunami", meteorologist Trine Dahl Jensen told Danish news agency Ritzau, warning of potential aftershocks.

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