Residents in Innaarsuit are on standby for evacuation because a giant iceberg is looming over the island community in northwestern Greenland. The iceberg is so big it’s grounded on the sea floor. ‘There are 180 inhabitants and we are very concerned and are afraid.‘
On Tuesday a small section of the iceberg collapsed and caused large waves. Residents are afraid a tsunami will occur if the iceberg calves. Rivers near the community could also experience a water surge. You remember last June?
“There are 180 inhabitants and we are very concerned and are afraid,” said Karl Petersen, chair for the local council in Innaarsuit.
Residents in houses near the shore are prepared for an evacuation. Petersen said Greenland’s emergency responders are closely monitoring the iceberg. A Danish Royal Navy ship is also standing by.
A giant iceberg is towering over a small 180-person community in Greenland, terrifying its residents.
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Another concern is that the community’s power plant is near the ocean, and large waves could destroy it. Rain in the forecast could also precipitate calving.
Un bon dia d'estiu, obres la finestra de casa pel matí i et trobes un espectacular #iceberg davant de casa. Doncs bé, molts habitants d'#Innaarsuit #Greenland han hagut de ser evacuats pels tsunamis que provoca aquesta enorme massa de gel al trencar-se. pic.twitter.com/MBq40G3Ogi
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Petersen said everyone is hoping a strong wind will dislodge the giant iceberg and move it farther away from the community.