2Verified by Satellites
MIDAS researchers stated that the fraction was detected by MODIS, which is a NASA satellite instrument.
MODIS is on the Aqua satellite. The break was confirmed by a second NASA satellite before being detected by The European Space Agency.
The Washington Post reported that the iceberg is so large, if added to the ocean, it would cause global sea levels to rise 3 mm.
The BBC reported that the massive iceberg is one-quarter the size of Wales. The U.S. satellite that observed the ice split was passing over the Larsen C Ice Shelf region.
The scientific community has been tracking an Antarctic crack for over 10 years, therefore, they were expecting the geological development.
The progression of the rift began to rapidly increase speed in 2014. The possibility of forthcoming calving became even more probable.
The BBC reported that the ultra large berg will not move far or fast in the near future. It will still need to be watched closely. Additionally, if the winds and currents push it north of Antarctica it could become a threat to the shipping industry.
The Aqua satellite detected an obvious rift between the sheet of ice and the shelf. The water is warmer than the surrounding ice and air, which are both sub-zero.
The event was then confirmed by other spacecraft, including Sentinel-1, the European satellite-radar system.