It was an eye-catching sight: a huge iceberg looming over a tiny Arctic village. Ice is ubiquitous on the Greenland coast, but this giant has marginalized the inhabitants of the village, Innarsuit, with its population.
The locals fear that a piece of the iceberg might plunge into the ocean, causing a massive wave on the settlement. Large icebergs do not always melt politely into the ocean. They tend to break apart in a spectacular way. "It's not a peaceful process," said Jörg Schaefer, climatologist at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observation Center at Columbia University.
Thirty-three people were evacuated further inland. People were also advised to get their boats out of the way. "They lose their boats, they can not hunt or go fishing," said Gideon Quist, a police inspector in the capital Nuuk.
The iceberg is the largest the villagers have seen, a member of the Greenland Township told National Radio. Satellite data indicated it was about 650 feet wide, jutting nearly 300 feet into the air and weighing up to 11 million tons, said an expert from the Danish Meteorological Institute to the Danish station DR.
Although large icebergs in the In According to Inspector Quist, the region is worried that this area has been destroyed.
The officials hoped that south winds and low tides would lift the iceberg and carry it out of the village.
Greenland's ice sheet is losing ice at an alarming rate in one place, and the number of icebergs entering the ocean is set to increase, at least in the coming decades. Shepherd.
Last year, a tsunami devastated another village on the Greenland's west coast. Four people died. This tidal wave was caused by the collapse of a nearby mountain slope into the sea.