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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