A huge iceberg has drifted close to a Greenland village, causing fears of a tsunami

Last summer, four people died and a village was devastated by landslide-triggered tsunami.

By Reuters - July 13, 2018
A giant iceberg is seen behind an Innaarsuit settlement, Greenland July 12, 2018. (Karl Petersen / Ritzau Scanpix via Reuters)

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

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

[Watch an iceberg the size of lower Manhattan break off a Greenland glacier]

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 told Reuters.

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

Reporting by Stine Jacobsen.