Tsunamis in Greenland

In a total of 2 tidal waves classified as a tsunami since 2000 a total of 4 people died in Greenland. Tsunamis therefore occur only rarely here.

The strongest tidal wave registered in Greenland so far reached a height of 90.00 meters. At this Tsunami on 06/17/2017 a total of 4 people have been killed.



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The marked positions on the map represent the most effected regions within the past 20 years.

Tsunamis are caused by earthquakes or other seismic eruptions on ground of an oceans and can cause massive tidal waves, which run with enormous force on land, causing great devastation. Especially in regions with only few tsunamis, the damage is often drastic, as the population does not expect tsunamis and thus hardly takes any protective measures. Even relatively small flood waves can lead to high losses and financial damage.

The largest tsunamis in Greenland since 2000

DateCausemax wave heightDeathsTotal damage
06/17/2017Landslide in Greenland (Karrat Fjord)90.00 m4
11/21/2000Landslide in Greenland (Paatuut (West Greenland))50.00 m0


These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Global Historical Tsunami Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Several data have been summarized and translated.