Colossal iceberg towers over Canadian town

A 45 metre-tall iceberg close to the shore in Newfoundland, Canada has caused traffic jams as people rush to get a glimpse of it.

It's in an area known as 'Iceberg Alley' near the town of Ferryland, and while it's common to spot large icebergs, this one is closer and larger than any in recent memory, according to locals.

A local who ventured out to see the iceberg at Iceberg Alley (Reuters)
A local who ventured out to see the iceberg at Iceberg Alley (Reuters)

It's in an area known as 'Iceberg Alley' and while it's common to spot large icebergs this one is closer and larger than any in recent memory, according to locals.

"It's the biggest one I've ever seen here," Ferryland Mayor Adrian Kavanagh told The Canadian Press.

"It's a huge iceberg and it's in so close that people can get a good photograph of it."

So far this season 616 icebergs have moved into the area, compared to 687 by late September last year.

Experts say it's due to strong counter-clockwise winds, and perhaps global warming speeding up the melting of ice in Greenland, The Canadian Press reports.

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