Massive iceberg looms off Greenland coast, threatening tiny village

A 4-mile-wide iceberg grounded on the sea floor near Greenland has overshadowed the coastal village of Innaarsuit, where residents fear flooding if the ice breaks apart.

Residents have moved farther up a slope from where the settlement sits.

“We fear the iceberg could calve and send a flood towards the village,” Lina Davidsen, a security chief at the Greenland police, told Danish news agency Ritzau on Friday.

Last summer, four people died after waves swamped a settlement in northwestern Greenland, according to Reuters.

Denise Holland of New York University’s Environmental Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, who was collecting data about sea-level change from climate change, took video of the iceberg breaking off the Helheim Glacier on June 22.

Her husband, NYU professor David Holland, told The Associated Press that “this is the largest event we’ve seen in over a decade in Greenland.” The time-lapse video shows “3 percent of the annual ice loss in Greenland occur in 30 minutes,” he said.

“It sounded like rockets going off,” Holland said, describing it as “a very complex, chaotic, noisy event.”

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