Ice­berg breaks off from Green­land glacier

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LON­DON — An ice­berg 6 km wide has bro­ken off from a glacier in east­ern Green­land and sci­en­tists have cap­tured the dra­matic event on video.

New York Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sor David Hol­land, an ex­pert in at­mo­spheric and ocean sci­ence, told The As­so­ci­ated Press that “this is the largest event we’ve seen in over a decade in Green­land.”

A June 22 video of the in­ci­dent was taken by his wife, Denise, of NYU’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Fluid Dy­nam­ics Lab­o­ra­tory.

They had camped by the Hel­heim Glacier for weeks to col­lect data to bet­ter project sea level changes due to global warm­ing.

Hol­land said Wed­nes­day that the time-lapse video, which is speeded up 20 times, shows “3% of the an­nual ice loss of Green­land oc­cur in 30 min­utes.”

“It sounded like rock­ets go­ing off,” he said, de­scrib­ing it as “a very com­plex, chaotic, noisy event.”

While the cou­ple are study­ing Green­land, he said that “the real con­cern is in Antarc­tica, where every­thing is so big the stakes are much higher.”

In north­west­ern Green­land, an­other large ice­berg was ap­par­ently grounded on the sea floor near the small vil­lage of In­naar­suit, which has a pop­u­la­tion of 169.

“Its res­i­dents were evac­u­ated in the early hours of Fri­day in fears that a flood would hit the place as a re­sult of the bro­ken ice­berg,” Green­land po­lice spokes­woman Lina David­sen told Dan­ish broad­caster TV2.

In­naar­suit is about 1,000 km north of Nuuk, Green­land’s cap­i­tal and largest city.

MAG­NUS KRISTENSEN/RITZAU SCANPIX VIA AP

An Ice­berg tow­ers over the vil­lage In­nar­suit, on the north­west­ern Green­landic coast. Sci­en­tists have watched the ice­berg 6 km long break off from a glacier.

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