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Giant Iceberg Drifting Close To Village In Greenland May Cause Tsunami

A giant iceberg is seen behind an Innaarsuit settlement Greenland July 12 A giant iceberg is seen behind an Innaarsuit settlement Greenland July 12 Credit REUTERS
Cary Marshall | 14 July, 2018, 14:07

"All the people in the danger area have been evacuated to a building that is further up in the village".

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.

A massive iceberg drifting off Greenland has triggered fears of flooding if it breaks up, leading the authorities to evacuate a high-risk zone.

"The iceberg is still near the village and the police are now discussing what do to next", Kunuk Frediksen, a police chief in the Danish autonomous territory, told AFP.

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. Scientists believe this is a major contributor to rising sea levels around the world.

"But this iceberg is the biggest we have seen. and there are cracks and holes that make us fear it can calve anytime", she said, adding that the village's power station and fuel tanks are close to the shore.

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An iceberg four miles long has begun threatening a village in Greenland after it broke off from a glacier.

David Holland, leader of the research team that captured the recent calving, called the rise of sea levels due to melting ice "both undeniable and consequential".

A June 22 video of the incident was taken by his wife, Denise Holland of NYU's Environmental Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. It's like a jet engine, lots and lots of big booms, and it ricochets all over the calving.

Mr Holland said: "It sounded like rockets going off and it's a very complex, chaotic, noisy event".

"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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