Giant Iceberg Drifting Close To Village In Greenland May Cause Tsunami

Elias Hubbard
July 15, 2018

Low-lying areas of a village in northwestern Greenland remain evacuated as villagers and local authorities monitor a vast iceberg for signs it could move closer or break apart, threatening the remote settlement.

David Holland was one of a group of NYU scientists who released a video in June showing the dramatic moment when a four-mile-long iceberg broke away from a glacier in eastern Greenland.

Meanwhile, residents are watching the weather forecast closely.

The locals are used to big icebergs, but "this is the biggest we have seen", village council member Susanne Eliassen told the local newspaper Sermitsiaq, the BBC reported.

An 11-million-ton iceberg has grounded out and parked itself near a tiny village in Greenland.

Authorities have been keeping a close eye on the lumbering iceberg and say it's moved some 600 yards to the north since being lodged.

What happens to the enormous mountain of ice, which a Danish meteorologist said is 650 feet wide-nearly the length of two football fields-and rises almost 300 feet into the air, depends largely on the weather. In terrifying pictures, it literally casts a shadow on a hilly outcropping of Innaarsuit, dwarfing boats, homes and businesses. Video posted online shows residents fleeing and waves destroying property.

Last summer, four people died after waves swamped a settlement in north-western Greenland.

"Tsunamis caused by landslides in bays can rise to incredible heights, travel at devastating speeds, and cause massive destruction, according to Quartz".

Of course, even if there isn't some giant, city-destroying Hollywood-style tsunami, there are other dangers from rising water.

A Danish Royal Navy ship is standing by, according to the CBC, in case the situation in Innaarsuit sours.

Officials have said they've never seen an iceberg so big, so have evacuated the homes of those living nearest to it.

Something that may come as a bit of a surprise is that most of the residents of Innaarsuit, one of seaside communities in Greenland with a marine-based economy, don't know how to swim. The area will see relatively sedate winds for the next week. And on Sunday, July 22, it's supposed to rain.

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