AVALANCHE UPDATE: Many residents allowed to return home Wednesday night; evacuation of homes closest to mountainside continues indefinitely

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Many of the more than 200 residents evacuated from 92 homes at midday Tuesday following an avalanche that destroyed two apartment buildings on Vei 228 are being allowed to return home Wednesday night following a lengthy expert assessment of snow conditions, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

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A map shows houses (shaded in red) when an evacuation order remains in effect. Map courtesy of The Governor of Svalbard.

The evacuation order remains in effect indefinitely for residences closest to the mountains at the following addresses:

• Vei 222-7, 222-9, 222-11, 222-13, 222-15, 222-17
• Vei 224-7
• Vei 226-10, 226-12, 226-31, 226-33, 226-35, 226-37
• The damaged homes on Vei 228 (6-16)

Further details about today’s assessment and other matters related to the avalanche will be discussed during a public meeting at 8 p.m. at Kulturthuset.

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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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