Iceberg looming over Greenland village spotted from space

James Marshall
July 20, 2018

An iceberg the size of a hill has drifted close to a tiny village on the western coast of Greenland, causing fear that it could swamp the settlement with a tsunami if it calves.

The 169 residents of Innaarsuit are relatively used to seeing large icebergs floating by, but weighing around 10 million tonnes, this is reported to be the largest in memory.

The European Space Agency released a photo Tuesday taken on July 9 from ESA's Sentinel-2 satellites.

Dozens of residents were evacuated from the village to higher ground last week due to concerns the almost 10 million tonne iceberg might break apart and produce waves large enough to wash away low-lying buildings. The local power plant is also on the coast so waves could also potentially shut down the village's power supply. "If the berg breaks apart, waves resulting from the falling ice could wash away parts of the village".

Kenneth Elkjaer, a journalist with Greenland public broadcaster KNR, said Sunday the iceberg is about 500 to 600 metres offshore and "everybody is waiting to see what happens to the weather". The image clearly shows several large icebergs off the coast near the village of Inaarsuit, including the massive one that had villagers on edge.

Strong winds and elevated tides have reportedly blown the iceberg a few hundred meters away from the harbor over the weekend.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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