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ALERT: Landslide near cemetery closes road between Huset and the old museum; other areas being assessed

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Update 3 p.m.: The road to Endalen is also closed until further notice and there is still a high risk of further landslides, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

“In general, The Governor of Svalbard strongly recommends everyone to refrain from entering slopes and ridges in Longyearbyen and surrounding areas” a statement at the governor’s website notes. “This includes all commonly used tracks and trails in the area.”

Original story: A landslide triggered by heavy rain covered the road near Longyearbyen’s cemetery Saturday morning, prompting The Governor of Svalbard to close the road and conduct a helicopter search to determine if other areas are at risk.

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One of the governor’s Super Puma helicopters inspects mountains in Nybyen on Saturday morning after heavy rain triggered aa landslide near Longyearbyen’s cemetery. Photo by Mark Sabbatini / Icepeople.

The governor was notified about the slide at 8:53 p.m. Police Chief Lt. Trond Olsen told Svalbardposten it started just below the summit of Platåberget, but did not cover the road with a large amount of mass. However, the road beween Huset and the old cemetery was closed as officials determine if there are other potential slide areas. They are also talking to commercial drivers in town.

“They have not seen that there has been anything else, except that there is plenty of water” he said.

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute issued a storm warning Friday, with the forecast calling for up to 35 millimeters of rain Friday and Saturday, including 25 millimeters between 5 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Saturday.

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Mark Sabbatini

I'm a professional transient living on a tiny Norwegian island next door to the North Pole, where once a week (or thereabouts) I pollute our extreme and pristine environment with paper fishwrappers decorated with seemingly random letters that would cause a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters to die of humiliation. Such is the wisdom one acquires after more than 25 years in the world's second-least-respected occupation, much of it roaming the seven continents in search of jazz, unrecognizable street food and escorts I f****d with by insisting they give me the platonic tours of their cities promised in their ads. But it turns out this tiny group of islands known as Svalbard is my True Love and, generous contributions from you willing, I'll keep littering until they dig my body out when my climate-change-deformed apartment collapses or they exile my penniless ass because I'm not even worthy of washing your dirty dishes.
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