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City-Sized Iceberg Floats Toward Australia

In this Nov. 16, 2009 photo released by the Australian Antarctic Division, an iceberg is seen at Sandy Bay on Macquarie Island's east coast, in the Southern Ocean 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) southeast of Tasmania, Australia. It is very rare to see icebergs from Macquarie Island and is uncommon to find icebergs in this general region. (AP Photo/Australian Antarctic Division, Eve Merfield)** NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE, ONE TIME USE ONLY **
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An iceberg almost twice the size of Hong Kong is floating toward Australia, according to a Daily Mail report Wednesday.

The huge ice chunk, approximately 12 miles long, broke off from the Antarctic ice shelf around 10 years ago. It's been floating in the open sea for the last year, making its way up toward Western Australia, Glaciologist Neal Young told AFP.

Young said he hadn't heard of an iceberg this size since the 19th century, but ice chunks are becoming more common in the south Pacific. Two sizable icebergs were sees further east, off Australia's Macquerie Island and more than 100 smaller pieces were , according to the report.