Massive Iceberg Threatens A Greenland Village

Posted: Jul 22 2018, 2:00pm CDT | by , Updated: Jul 22 2018, 2:06pm CDT, in Latest Science News


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Massive Iceberg Threatens a Greenland Village
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If the iceberg breaks apart, it could result in flooding for coastal village

An 11-million-ton iceberg has drifted dangerously close to a small village in Greenland. Fortunately, the iceberg is still intact but poses a major threat to coastal village named Innaarsuit. If it breaks apart, huge waves generated by the falling ice could wash away parts of the village. Authorities have recently declared a state of emergency and urged residents of the village to move away from the shore. The village is home to only 169 people and those living closest to iceberg have already moved to higher ground.

“We fear the iceberg could calve and send a flood towards the village.” A security chief at the Greenland police said in a statement.

Calving events are nothing new in Greenland. Every now and then massive chunks of ice split from Greenland glaciers due to rising temperatures. The size of this particular iceberg however surprises local scientists. At 650 feet wide and nearly 300 feet high, the iceberg is probably the largest residents of Innaarsuit have ever seen.

“We can feel the concern among the residents. We are used to big icebergs, but we haven't seen such a big one before.” Susanna Eliassen, a member of the village council in Innaarsuit, said.

The iceberg is so big that it can be seen from space. The satellite image, captured by European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2A on 9 July 2018, shows a large chunk of ice sitting very close to the village.

Researchers suggest that strong winds could break the iceberg up into several smaller pieces and result in flooding for coastal village. However, there are reports that winds and elevated tides have started to push the iceberg to the north, away from the harbor.

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