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Iceberg set to hit Australia

A rare giant iceberg, measuring 54 square miles, has been spotted approaching Australia’s southwest coast.

Authorities have issued shipping warnings as experts fear the iceberg, known as B17B, will collapse into hundreds of smaller blocks as it approaches warmer waters.

The Bureau of Meteorology said the iceberg was seen southwest of the West Australian coast at 12pm on December 9 and is being monitored through satellite imaging.

The iceberg is thought to have dislodged from Antarctica around a decade ago when parts of two major ice shelves, the Ross Sea Ice Shelf and Ronne Ice Shelf, become fractured.