Greenland community on high alert as massive iceberg looms

Innaarsuit, an island community in northwestern Greenland, is on standby for evacuation because a giant iceberg is looming over it.

'There are 180 inhabitants and we are very concerned and are afraid,' says Innaarsuit local Karl Petersen

Innaarsuit, an island community in northwestern Greenland, is on standby for evacuation because a giant iceberg is looming over the community. (Nuka Møller)

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.

On Tuesday a small section of it 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.

"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.

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Petersen said Greenland's emergency responders are closely monitoring the iceberg. A Danish Royal Navy ship is also standing by.

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.

Petersen said everyone is hoping a strong wind will dislodge the iceberg and move it farther away from the community.

Innaarsuit is an island settlement in northwestern Greenland. (Google)

With files from Salome Avva

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