Massive Rogue Iceberg Threatens Greenland Community

Tsumani fear as huge iceberg drifts close to Greenland village

Back in June, a four-mile-wide iceberg broke from a glacier in Greenland, the equivalent of three percent of the country's ice-loss happening in just half an hour.

Large icebergs have been seen close to the community before, but villagers say this is the biggest they've ever encountered.

The current fears come only weeks after scientists released a video of a massive iceberg breaking free from a glacier in eastern Greenland.

Meanwhile Susanne Eliassen, a member of the Innaarsuit council, said that although it wasn't uncommon for icebergs to be seen near the village, this one was much bigger.

"This is the largest event we've seen in over a decade in Greenland", he told The Associated Press.

An enormous iceberg looming over a small Greenland community has prompted evacuations amid tsunami fears, local outlet Kalaallit Nunaata Radioa (KNR) reported.

Authorities have told residents of the Innaarsuit island settlement living near the shore to move to higher ground.

In north-western Greenland past year, four people died when the landslide resulted in tsunami which had engulfed several houses.

William Colgan, senior researcher at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, told Agence France Presse that the risk of tsunamis will increase as more icebergs break off in the warming climate. By capturing videos of the iceberg calving like this, scientists say they can study and better anticipate how this phenomenon will impact sea levels around the world.

"It sounded like rockets going off", David Holland said, describing it as "a very complex, chaotic, noisy event".

Last June, according to Quartz, a landslide caused by a 4.1 magnitude natural disaster that struck 17 miles north of the village of Nuugaatsiaq partly triggered a tsunami that washed away 11 homes and killed four people.



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