Greenland glacier guardian Espen Olsen informed us a couple of days ago on the Forum that Jakobshavn Isbræ - Greenland's fastest glacier draining 6.5 % of the Greenland ice sheet - has had another big bite taken out of its southern branch recently. Espen made this animation to show the difference between May 7th and June 1st (red circle added by me):
Estimates by Espen and other commenters vary from 5 to 10 km2 of ice lost (a couple of hundred times thicker than sea ice). Reading back the first blog post on Jakobshavn, not long after starting the blog back in 2010, it seems that this number is big enough to warrant some media attention. As NASA had it back then:
NASA-funded researchers monitoring Greenland's Jakobshavn Isbrae glacier report that a 7 square kilometer (2.7 square mile) section of the glacier broke up on July 6 and 7, as shown in the image above. The calving front – where the ice sheet meets the ocean – retreated nearly 1.5 kilometers (a mile) in one day and is now further inland than at any time previously observed. The chunk of lost ice is roughly one-eighth the size of Manhattan Island, New York.
Or maybe these things don't get noticed anymore as it has become 'normal'? Let's hope not.