Iceberg 4 miles wide breaks off from Greenland glacier

Greenland Village Evacuated As Giant Iceberg Approaches, May Create Tsunami

Huge iceberg drifts close to a village on Greenland's coast - Daily Mail

A giant iceberg is seen behind an Innaarsuit settlement, Greenland July 12, 2018.

"We fear the iceberg could calve" - break up - and "send a flood toward the village", Greenland police spokesman Lina Davidsen told Danish news agency Ritzau. "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, told local broadcaster KNR.

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

"Iceberg production in Greenland has been increasing in the past 100 years as climate change has become stronger", he said, while the rising number of icebergs were in turn "increasing the tsunami hazards".

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In northwestern Greenland, another large iceberg was apparently grounded on the sea floor near the small village of Innaarsuit, which has a population of 169.

She adds "We know that snowfall is quite delicate, they have got a lot of fractures through them". "It's in Nuuk, which is much further down the coast than this village that we're talking about", says Hogg.

It is not clear if the iceberg will continue to move north or if it could move back closer to the village. "If you think about it, why would they be able to swim? Ocean water is just so cold; you can cool your toe without any help". There's hope that a new moon will bring in a rise in the tide, allowing the iceberg to dislodge itself and float away from the village, says Sermitsiaq, a national newspaper in Greenland. Fortunately, last night the icebergs were still there, not moving.

Though the process of glaciers losing ice is natural, and happens every summer, the waters around Greenland have warmed in recent decades, which means that it's happening at a faster rate.

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