Huge iceberg drifts close to a village on Greenland's coast

James Marshall
July 16, 2018

A 100-metre massive iceberg is nearly close to a Greenland community whose residents fear a devastating tsunami if the ice mountain breaks apart in warming weather.

An iceberg is stranded near the village of Innaarsuit, in the Avannaata municipality, northwestern Greenland, on Thursday.

Kenneth Elkjaer, a journalist with Greenland public broadcaster KNR, said Sunday the iceberg is about 500 - 600 meters (about one-third of a mile) offshore and "everybody is waiting to see what happens to the weather". Last year, a tsunami caused by a landslide on another island settlement killed four and injured 11.

Inaarsuit's 169 residents living nearest the iceberg have been moved, Danish news agency Ritzau said.

In an interview conducted by Sermitsiaq newspaper Sussane Eliassen "the member of the village council", reported that there were many cracks and holes appeared in the iceberg which was likely to break anytime. In addition to homes, the village's power station and fuel tanks are located near the iceberg.

In June, New York University scientists released video footage of a massive iceberg breaking away from a glacier in eastern Greenland.

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