Articles | Volume 20, issue 9
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 2521–2534, 2020
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 2521–2534, 2020

Research article 24 Sep 2020

Research article | 24 Sep 2020

Arctic tsunamis threaten coastal landscapes and communities – survey of Karrat Isfjord 2017 tsunami effects in Nuugaatsiaq, western Greenland

Mateusz C. Strzelecki and Marek W. Jaskólski

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To date, the effects of tsunamis have been mainly reported from tropical and temperate climatic zones. Rare records of polar tsunamis may partly reflect the very low population densities, the short written history, and little coastal geological work focused on the sedimentary record of palaeotsunamis. We report the results of the field survey of post-tsunami damage in the Nuugaatsiaq settlement in Greenland, which on 17 June 2017 was hit by three tsunami waves triggered by a landslide.
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