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Oman Daily Observer - - EUROPE -

STOCKHOLM: A mas­sive ice­berg drift­ing near the coast of Green­land has trig­gered fears of flood­ing if it breaks up, lead­ing the au­thor­i­ties to evac­u­ate a high­risk zone. The au­thor­i­ties have urged res­i­dents of the In­nar­suit is­land set­tle­ment with houses on a promon­tory to move away from the shore over fears that the ice­berg, which was spot­ted on Thurs­day, could swamp the area.

“We fear the ice­berg could calve and send a flood to­wards the vil­lage,” Lina David­sen, a se­cu­rity chief at the Green­land po­lice, told Dan­ish news agency Ritzau on Fri­day. The set­tle­ment in north­west­ern Green­land has 169 in­hab­i­tants, but only those liv­ing clos­est to the ice­berg have been evac­u­ated, Ritzau re­ported.

“The ice­berg is still near the vil­lage and the po­lice are now dis­cussing what do to next,” Kunuk Fredik­sen, a po­lice chief in the Dan­ish au­ton­o­mous ter­ri­tory, said.

The in­ci­dent comes weeks af­ter sci­en­tists at New York Univer­sity shot and re­leased a video of a mas­sive ice­berg break­ing free from a glacier in eastern Green­land in June.

— Reuters

A gi­ant ice­berg is seen be­hind an In­naar­suit set­tle­ment, Green­land.

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