Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Huge iceberg drifts close to Greenland village, causing fears of a tsunami

Huge iceberg drifts close to Greenland village, causing fears of a tsunami

Authorities warned shoreside residents of Innaarsuit Island in Greenland they were at risk of being flooded, after a 100-meter (300 feet) high iceberg was spotted drifting off the coast on Thursday.

"Its residents were evacuated in the early hours of Friday in fears that a flood would hit the place as a result of the broken iceberg", Greenland police spokeswoman Lina Davidsen told Danish broadcaster TV2.

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

Even though the iceberg is now grounded and has not moved, heavy rains are predicted until Saturday and could increase the chances of the iceberg breaking.

Calving is when the ice breaks into the sea and you can see the sea level rise slightly as the process occurs.

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Susanne K. Eliassen, a member of the village council, told the local newspaper Sermitsiaq that it was not unusual for large icebergs to be seen close to Innaarsuit, but that this was the biggest she had seen.

Four people died and 11 were injured in 2018 after an natural disaster caused a tsunami off another island settlement called Nuugaatsiaq.

A video taken by scientists from New York University on June 22 shows a massive iceberg separating from Greenland's Helheim glacier.

"Global sea-level rise is both undeniable and consequential", David Holland, professor at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematics and NYU Abu Dhabi, who led the research team, said in the article.

"By capturing how it unfolds, we can see, first-hand, its breath-taking significance", he added in a description circulated along with the video.

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