If you live in Greenland, ice and cold temperatures are probably a part of your everyday life. But it’s not every day that an 11-ton iceberg just parks itself off your coast and dares you to do something about it. That’s what’s happening in the small village of Innaarsuit, starting last week.
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On Thursday, a large iceberg drifted to within a few hundred feet of the shoreline, prompting evacuations of the area. Residents are concerned that the iceberg is unstable and could roll over or break apart at any time. Such an event would likely trigger floods that could swamp the entire village. In the above video, a small calving event—where a piece of the iceberg breaks off the larger whole—triggers some sizable waves, although these waves do not threaten the shore.
Over the past week, the iceberg has drifted slightly further from the village itself, resulting in a partial lifting on the evacuation. But that doesn’t mean the village is out of danger: the iceberg is now much closer to the village’s power plant. Officials in the area remain on alert.
The iceberg and its proximity to Innaarsuit were also captured by the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2A satellite. The below image clearly shows the size of the iceberg, which completely dwarfs the village itself in the photo.