A huge iceberg 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.
At a Glance
- An 11-million-ton iceberg has grounded out and parked itself near a tiny village in Greenland.
- Researchers say there’s a risk a large chunk could break off and cause a tidal wave to blast into the village.
- There’s hope a new moon will bring a rise in the tide and help dislodge the massive berg.
What happens to the gigantic mountain of ice, which a Danish meteorologist said is 650 feet wide—nearly the length of two football fields—and rises almost 300 feet into the air, depends largely on the weather.
A strong wind could push the iceberg into the nearby Baffin Bay, averting a crisis.
Alternatively, a large amount of warm precipitation could further destabilize the berg and cause a large piece to break off and create a wave that would flood the town.
Danish authorities have evacuated those living closest to the shoreline in Innaarsuit, a village of about 170 people.
Check out this video. It is mostly static except when a large chunk of ice breaks off at about a 30-second mark.
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