Giant drifting iceberg threatens Greenland village

A giant iceberg is seen behind an Innaarsuit settlement Greenland

Giant drifting iceberg threatens Greenland village

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.

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.

The iceberg towers over houses on a promontory in the village of Innaarsuit but it is now grounded and had not moved overnight.

"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.

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Susanne Eliassen, a member of Innaarsuit's council, said it was not unusual for large icebergs to be seen close to the community.

The village's power station and fuel tanks are close to the shore, she said.

Police have moved a search-and-rescue helicopter closer to the remote community, which has a population of about 170.

In June New York University scientists released video footage of a massive iceberg breaking away from a glacier in eastern Greenland.

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

Denise Holland, of NYU's environmental fluid dynamics laboratory, and David Holland, an expert in atmospheric and ocean science, had camped by the Helheim glacier for weeks to collect data to better project sea level changes due to global warming.

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

He said that "the real concern is in Antarctica, where ... the stakes are much higher".

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