Local officials began to take action on Thursday when the threat of the iceberg became clear. Amos Pjetturson, the local municipality’s emergency response manager, told local newspaper Sermitsiaq on Thursday: “If the icebergs calves, it may trigger a tsunami, so it’s quite a serious threat. We need to know where it is heading and how the situation is developing.”
Local village councillor Karl Petersen called for help from outside: “The inhabitants of Innaarsuit are very worried about this large iceberg, which is grounded in Innaarsuit, because it can have fatal consequences if it calves. I hereby address the press. May residents and visitors in Innaarsuit receive assistance in this serious situation.”
Another council member, Susanne K. Eliassen, told The Guardian that although it is common for residents to see icebergs close to the shore, this one is unique: “This iceberg is the biggest we have seen. There are cracks and holes that make us fear it can calve anytime,” she said.
Kenneth Elkjaer, a journalist from Greenlandic public broadcaster KNR, explained that “everybody is waiting to see what happens to the weather.” There is little that can actively be done about the iceberg except to hope that a kind wind dislodges it from its current spot and pushes it away from the village.