Thursday 13 December 2018

Greenland village watches looming iceberg

There are concerns the iceberg could flip or chunks of it could break off, causing a large wave.

The iceberg is near the village of Innarsuit, on the northwestern Greenlandic coast (Magnus Kristensen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
The iceberg is near the village of Innarsuit, on the northwestern Greenlandic coast (Magnus Kristensen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Low-lying areas of a village in Greenland remain evacuated as villagers and authorities monitor a vast iceberg for signs it could move closer or break apart, threatening the remote settlement.

Kenneth Elkjaer, a journalist with Greenland public broadcaster KNR, said Sunday the iceberg is about 500 to  600 metres offshore and “everybody is waiting to see what happens to the weather”.

On Friday, 33 of Innaarsuit’s 169 residents had to move to higher ground due to concerns the iceberg could flip or chunks of it could break off, causing a large wave that might flood parts of the village.

Elkjaer said that police and local authorities would evaluate the situation again on Monday.

Earthquakes and tsunamis have created major floods in Greenland in recent years.

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