Greenland Tsunami Washes Abandoned Station to Sea, Not Far From Site of Cruise Ship Grounding
"Everything indicated that a tsunami had hit and washed a lot of material into the sea. As Ella Ø was abandoned for the season, luckily there were no injuries"
September 21, 2023
The Greenland's Arctic Command reported that an abandoned research station washed to sea, not far from the fjord where last week, a cruise ship briefly ran aground.
The tsunami occurred in remote East Greenland. Greenland is twice the size of Alaska, and has only 53,000 residents. Very few of them live in East Greenland, which is colder than West Greenland. Here is the press release from Greenland's Arctic Command, which is a division of the Danish military:
"TSUNAMI IN DICKSON FJORD
Arctic Command was contacted on 17 September by a person on board the cruise ship OCEAN ALBATROS. The person was previously employed by SIRIUS, and he was therefore able to ascertain quite quickly that SIRIUS' station on Ella Ø did not look as it used to.
The inquiry resulted in the Arctic Command starting to investigate what had happened at Ella Ø. Everything indicated that a tsunami had hit and washed a lot of material into the sea. As Ella Ø was abandoned for the season, luckily there were no injuries.
On Sunday afternoon, the inspection ship KNUD RASMUSSEN arrived at Ella Ø. The ship was nearby after last week's task with the grounded cruise ship in Alpefjord. Also personal from SIRIUS arrived soon after. With the help of the crew of KNUD RASMUSSEN, they started the clean-up work.
Arctic Command launched an overflight with the Challenger aircraft, which took pictures of the area on 19 September. From the pictures, it indicated that a mountain had fallen into the water, and a tsunami had subsequently hit Dickson Fjord and Ella Ø.
The clean-up work has been completed, and thus the case is closed for the Arctic Command.
Photos can be used by crediting: SIRIUS/Arktisk Kommando"