Huge iceberg threatens small island of Greenland


Holland, who does research in Greenland during summer, said that the shallow bays surrounding the area are an easy spot for icebergs to drift into and bottom out on the sea floor.

Why is this a threat?

An 11-million-ton iceberg has lodged dangerously close to a tiny coastal village in Greenland.

A Danish meteorologist said that the iceberg-estimated to be about as long as two football fields-can rise almost 300 feet in the air depending on weather conditions.

In fact, the iceberg is so big, it was picked up by the EU's Sentinel-2A satellite - yep, you can literally see it from space. Villagers said they've never seen an iceberg this big, the BBC reported.

"There are 180 residents and we are very concerned and afraid", - said the head of the village Council Carl Petersen.

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The incident comes weeks after scientists at New York University shot and released a video of a massive iceberg breaking free from a glacier in eastern Greenland in June.

Last June, an natural disaster triggered a tsunami near the village of Nuugaatsiaq that washed away 11 homes and killed four people.

The video was shot by his wife, Denise Holland, of the university's Environmental Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.

The video, which is 20 times faster than real time, shows 3% the annual ice loss of Greenland occuring in 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in Innaarsuit residents were waiting to return to their homes. "It's in Nuuk, which is much further down the coast than this village that we're talking about", says Hogg. "The evacuation happened only because the iceberg is so close to the village".

"Iceberg production in Greenland has been increasing in the past 100 years as climate change has become stronger", William Colgan, senior researcher at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, told AFP.