Greenland Village Evacuated as Iceberg Approaches

15 July, 2018, 19:43 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • Greenland Village Evacuated As Giant Iceberg Approaches, May Create Tsunami

Large icebergs have drifted close to the community before, but villagers say this is the biggest they've ever seen.

Greenland's ice sheet is losing ice at an alarming pace, and the number of icebergs released into the ocean is expected to increase, at least over the coming decades, Dr Schaefer said.

The Government and police are on high alert and have moved a search and rescue helicopter closer to the remote village of about 170 inhabitants.

But if Mother Nature brings enough rain, the relatively warm precipitation could further destabilise the iceberg, sending a chunk of it into the ocean and creating a tsunami that could wash away part of the town.

He says that's why authorities have taken action to evacuate those living closest to the water from the village of Innaarsuit, where the iceberg has parked itself just off the coast.

"We can feel the concern among the residents".

"Global sea-level rise is both undeniable and consequential", David Holland, professor at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematics and NYU Abu Dhabi, who led the research team, said in the article.


Past year in northwestern Greenland, four people died when a landslide resulted in a tsunami that swamped a number of homes.

The iceberg is approaching towards the houses on the point located in the village, but it has been dealt with by the authorities' reports the media.

Innaarsuit is about 965 kilometres north of Nuuk, the country's capital.

An iceberg four miles (six kilometers) wide has broken off from a glacier in eastern Greenland and scientists have captured the dramatic event on video.

"There are cracks and holes that make us fear it can calve anytime", village council member Susanne Eliassen told local newspaper Sermitsiaq.

"Holland said Wednesday that his wife's time-lapse video, which is speeded up 20 times, shows, "...three percent of the annual ice loss of Greenland occur in 30 minutes".

He said "it sounded like rockets going off " and described it as a very "complex, chaotic, noisy event".

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