AFP

The sun sets on the Ilulissat fjord, on Greenland's western coast, in September 2004. Located 250 kms (155 miles) north of the Arctic Circle, Ilulissat is home to 5,000 people, most of whom live off of shrimp and halibut fishing as well as the all-important tourism industry. Some 15,000 tourists visit the town each year, or about half of all those who visit Greenland. The Groenlands Posten newspaper sent locals into a tizzy when it a few weeks ago described how the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, one of the most active glaciers in the world, had receded by more than five kilometers (three miles) in the past two years. The chilling news came just two months after UNESCO placed the Ilulissat Icefjord on the World Heritage List. AFP PHOTO / Slim AllaguiThe sun sets on the Ilulissat fjord, on Greenland's western coast, in September 2004. Located 250 kms (155 miles) north of the Arctic Circle, Ilulissat is home to 5,000 people, most of whom live off of shrimp and halibut fishing as well as the all-important tourism industry. Some 15,000 tourists visit the town each year, or about half of all those who visit Greenland. The Groenlands Posten newspaper sent locals into a tizzy when it a few weeks ago described how the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, one of the most active glaciers in the world, had receded by more than five kilometers (three miles) in the past two years. The chilling news came just two months after UNESCO placed the Ilulissat Icefjord on the World Heritage List. AFP PHOTO / Slim Allagui

(afp_tickers)

O litoral oeste da Groenlândia foi parcialmente evacuado neste domingo devido às ondas gigantes que arrasaram mais de dez casas e deixaram quatro pessoas desaparecidas, segundo o chefe da polícia, Bjørn Tegner Bay.

Por ora, não há confirmação de mortes.

Um terremoto de magnitude 4 registrado no sábado em Uummannaq, uma ilha do litoral oeste situado ao norte do círculo polar ártico, originou esta ondas particularmente violentas.

Alguns habitantes postaram imagens nas redes sociais que mostravam como as ondas se precipitavam contra os prédios.

Território autônomo da Dinamarca, a Groenlândia, a maior ilha do mundo sem contar a Austrália, tem 55.000 habitantes.

AFP

 AFP