Drifting icebergs prompt shipping warning


More than 100, and possibly hundreds, of Antarctic icebergs are floating towards New Zealand in a rare event that has prompted a shipping warning, officials said Monday.

An Australian Antarctic Division glaciologist said the ice chunks, spotted by satellite photography, had passed the Auckland Islands and were heading towards the main South Island, about 280 miles northeast.

Scientist Neal Young said more than 100 icebergs - some measuring more than 650 feet across - were seen in just one cluster, indicating there could be hundreds more.

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