Iceberg threatens Greenland village of Innaarsuit

  • 14/07/2018
The iceberg.
The iceberg. Photo credit: Reuters

An iceberg the size of a hill has drifted close to a tiny village on the western coast of Greenland, causing fear it could swamp the settlement with a tsunami if it breaks apart.

The iceberg towers over houses on a promontory in the village of Innaarsuit but it is grounded and has not moved overnight, state broadcaster KNR reports.

A danger zone close to the coast has been evacuated and people have been moved further up a steep slope where the settlement lies, a Greenland police spokesman said on Friday.

"We can feel the concern among the residents. We are used to big icebergs but we haven't seen such a big one before," Susanna Eliassen, a member of the village council in Innaarsuit, told KNR.

The government and police are on high alert and have moved a search-and-rescue helicopter closer to the remote village with about 170 inhabitants.

Last summer, four people died after waves swamped a settlement in northwestern Greenland.

Reuters