Holy Cow! Glacier Becomes Smaller — in a Big Way

August 8, 2011 | By | 4 Comments

Passengers aboard a small tour boat cruising the Tracy Arm Fjord on August 5 experienced what many cruisers to Alaska seek — a glacier calving, although this one was bigger than expected. A passenger recorded the event, which shows a series of ice chunks falling into the water followed by a reportedly 200-foot section of the glacier separating and falling into the sea. The crash, with pieces of ice thrown into the air, and subsequent wave surge towards the boat caused some panic onboard. The tourist’s video shows passengers ducking for cover when a puff of thick, black smoke appears, apparently caused by the captain quickly changing course to avoid the mini-tsunami. One passenger fell, reportedly breaking her leg in the chaos that ensued.
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    4 Responses to “Holy Cow! Glacier Becomes Smaller — in a Big Way”

    1. Ron
      August 8th, 2011 @ 3:13 pm

      The audio could have been omitted. The language detracted from the beauty of the calving :(

    2. Carolyn
      August 8th, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

      I think I’ll stick to the Carribean. Lol feel sorry for the poor woman who broke her leg.

    3. ACruiseGuy
      August 8th, 2011 @ 4:51 pm

      I think the focus of the piece was the PANIC on board, not the beauty of the calving. Which btw was awesome! Feel sorry for the injury as well.

    4. Sue
      August 10th, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

      We were there when the glacier calved but on a much smaller boat. We were about 1/4 mile from the glacier but did not see the boat in this video. I wonder how close they were. We sustained no injuries. The captain of the skiff we were on high-tailed it away as soon as he realized the magnitude of what had happened. He estimated the waves – yes, plural, to be about 12 feet. The calving was gorgeous. Also, the video doesn’t do the glacier justice since it just shows a very small part of it.

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