An iceberg is now practically scraping against the tiny Greenland village of Innaarsuit where residents fear the floating frozen behemoth will suddenly break apart and send huge chunks of ice and waves of water through their community.
The iceberg is about 650 feet wide – roughly the size of two football fields – and soars nearly 300 feet in the air, The New York Times reported. Photos show it literally towering over the village perched on an island's rocky coast.
Icebergs tend to break apart spectacularly, Joerg Schaeffer, a climate researcher at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, told the Times.
"It's not a peaceful process," he said.
CBC News reported that a small section of the iceberg collapsed last week, sending large waves toward the village of about 180 people. Some of residents weren’t sticking around to find out what happens next and 33 evacuated to higher ground, The Washington Post reported.
Rain in the forecast could help lead to the iceberg’s collapse, CBC News said.
Residents are worried ice could damage fishing boats, and the community's power plant, which sits near the ocean, could be destroyed by large waves, leaving the entire village in the dark.
An expert from the Danish Meteorological Institute estimated the iceberg on the northwest side of Greenland weighs about 11 million tons, the Times reported.
"There are 180 inhabitants and we are very concerned and are afraid," Karl Petersen, chair for the local council in Innaarsuit, told CBC News. He said what they are hoping for is a strong wind that will move the iceberg farther away from the coastline.
Just in case, a Danish Royal Navy ship is standing by if a large-scale evacuation is needed.
Fox News reported that last June an earthquake triggered a tsunami near the village of Nuugaatsiaq in Greenland, washing washed away 11 homes and killing four people.
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