Ship Hits Iceberg, Not News. Iceberg Hits Town, That’s News
It doesn't happen as often anymore, and certainly not as spectacularly as the Titanic event which of course resulted in the ship sinking after striking a North Atlantic iceberg at high speed. At night.
However, ships still do collide now and then with a berg, after all, they're moving, the ship is moving, the water surface is moving and sometimes frozen water doesn't present well on radar screens.
We don't often hear about those collisions, they're kind of rare and it's happened before so it isn't really news.
But what is news, is when an iceberg threatens to hit a town and that's exactly what's taking place for the residents of the northwestern Greenland community of Innaarsuit.
Residents of the town are standing by to evacuate as a large berg looms just offshore dwarfing houses in the photos, click here.
Other than the obvious dangers of an iceberg hitting your house, the second thing to worry about is sections of it breaking off and causing mini-tsunamis that could wipe you out. When a section of the iceberg breaks off and crashes into the sea it's called 'calving'. And since the iceberg has grounded itself (remember there's more underwater than meets the eye) the chances of dangerous calving are really high.
The 180 residents of the Baffin Bay community are hoping winds will kick up and help push the iceberg back out to open water, but they're prepared to evacuate just the same.
For the complete story and dramatic photos, click here.