Giant drifting iceberg threatens Greenland village

Huge iceberg threatens small island of Greenland

Giant drifting iceberg threatens Greenland village

Emergency services in Greenland are closely monitoring an iceberg, and the shore is the ship of the Danish Royal Navy.

In June, scientists with New York University (NYU) watched a mammoth iceberg breaking off a glacier in Greenland.

The iceberg is now 500 to 600 meters offshore, and police and local officials will conduct an updated evaluation of the situation on Monday.

The iceberg is 650 feet (0.19 kilometres) wide - almost the length of two football fields - and rises 300 feet (0.09 kilometres) above sea level, according to the New York Times.

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"This is the largest event we've seen in over a decade in Greenland", he told The Associated Press. The iceberg is now grounded, but any change in weather could cause it to shift.

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 are very concerned and are afraid, " Karl Petersen, head of the Innaarsuit Council, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

Last year, four people died and 11 were injured after a landslide caused a tsunami off another island settlement called Nuugaatsiaq, sending several houses crashing into the sea.

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The 330-foot-tall iceberg towers over the village of 170 people on the west coast of the country.

Innaarsuit is located about 620 miles north of Nuuk, Greenland's capital and largest city.

There are fears that if the iceberg splits in two it could create a tsunami effect.

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

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"I was impressed that they captured the event so well and that it had a lot of features it and complexity to it", said Ted Scambos, a senior research scientist with the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center, according to CBC-Canada News.

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