AVALANCHE IN NYBYEN: ‘Major’ snow slide narrowly misses cabins, but no structures or people damaged; traffic ban remains in effect; three other avalanches during weekend

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A large avalanche at the northern end of Nybyen on Sunday came close to two cabins in the area mostly featuring tourist and student housing. Photo by The Governor of Svalbard.

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A “major” avalanche at the northern part of Nybyen on Sunday came close to two cabins, but did not cause and property damage and no people were caught, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

The area remains under an evacuation order imposed Friday night and a traffic ban remains in effect as well.

The evacuation of the buildings along the mountainside was prompted by a blizzard Saturday and Sunday that left significant snow accumulation on top of already substantial snow, plus high winds causing drifts and crests posing a high risk of avalanche.

At least three other sizeable avalanches in in vicinity of Longyearbyen were reported during the weekend, according to the governor’s office.

On Saturday an avalanche about 400 meters long and 300 meters wide was reported at Fritham by a snowmobiling group. On Sunday “the Governor has been notified that there have been two major avalanches on the east side and the west side of Fardalen.” Nobody was reported caught in any of the snow slides.

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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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