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Landslide In Northern Norway, Several Houses Swept Into Sea
On Wednesday, Alta Municipality of Northern Norway experienced a destructive landslide. Officials reached the place of incident in time and no one was hurt.
Landslide in Northern Norway, Several Houses Swept Into Sea
NEW DELHI: On 3rd June, numerous houses in Alta municipality, northern Norway Swept away into the sea due to a powerful landslide in the region. Officials declared that no one was hurt in this incident and everyone was safely evacuated from their houses and buildings.
Anders Bjordal, a Norwegian Water Resource and Energy Directorate Engineer revealed that the slide was 2133 feet wide and 492 feet deep. This destructive and deleterious landslide destroyed eight buildings. This included four cabins that act as weekend residences.
In an interview with CNN, Bjordal revealed that he saw a "big clay slide" after he reached the deadly scene at 4 pm on Wednesday. Being a water resource and energy directorate engineer, his responsibility was to offer guidance to police and provide directions to the rescue team.
Anders Bjorke Olsen of Vestfinnmark police district said, "We got message just before 4 pm, one to two houses Swept away into the sea. We pressed the big button with rescue helicopters, rescue dogs, the Red Cross, the Civil defense, fire, health and police." He further added that there were some difficult and demanding minutes and hours at early stage before they could make sure that no body was swept away into the sea.
They were relieved to know that no one was harmed, and all people were safely evacuated from the buildings.
According to Bjordal, "Mudslides of this scale seldom happen in Norway, maybe every one or two years." He continued, "Here in Alta, there has never been a slide that big."
Alta is the most populated municipality in Troms og Finnmark County, Norway. This place is quite known for its forests, mountains, landscapes and Northern lights.
This incident has woken up the authorities. Officials have decided to monitor the land to know about any further slides and movements in the upcoming days. They will also keep an eye on the sea and its levels to predict any further damaging incidents. Soil measurements will also be considered.