Tag Archives: Eva Grøndal

AVALANCHE UPDATE: Governor recommends 13 residential buildings near hillside be abandoned long-term or permanently

abandonedhomes2

The long-term or permanent evacuation of 13 residential buildings closest to the mountain where two devastating avalanches have occurred in the past 14 months was recommended Wednesday by The Governor of Svalbard. The decision is for practical purposes effective immediately since the buildings were already evacuated after a landslide in the area Tuesday.

Stormy memories: Hundreds gather to remember losses, celebrate life one year after historic avalanche

avalanche1yr1

Gathering at a site where fresh snow on an empty field and calm weather were striking contrasts to the vast wreckage and storms exactly one year ago, hundreds of residents and visitors relived a multitude of memories and placed scores of torches in the snow Monday night where an avalanche destroyed 11 homes and killed two people on Dec. 19, 2015.