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STORM UPDATE: Cracks in mountainside force hasty evacuation of more homes on Vei 232 onTuesday evening

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Cracks discovered Tuesday afternoon on the mountainside above homes in Gruvedalen resulted in the evacuation of a dozen more residences due to the risk of landslides, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

“The evacuation will start immediately and be carried out before 6 p.m.,” . the Gov. Kjerstin Askholt said in a prepared statement issued at about 4:15 p.m.

The residences being evacuated are 232.522, 232.524, 232.526, 232.528, 232.530, 232.532, 232.534, 232.536. 232.538, 232.540, 232.542 and 232.544. All residents of those home must then registered at the emergency crisis center at Kulturhuset

In addition, the governor has closed a 500-meter stretch of road on the coastline at Vestpynten (the dirt road extending to cabins beyond Svalbard Airport due to unstable soil) and the dog kennel area just outside Longyearbyen is also closed.

 

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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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