Mountain still moving, warnings maintained

State geologists were reporting “enormous speed” on Monday in the movement of an unstable mountainside at Rauma in Romsdal. The portion of the mountain range known as Veslemannen shifted as much as a full meter, prompting officials to maintain “red alert” warnings of a major rockslide into the valley below. Heavy rain that also set […]

Flash floods sweep through valleys

UPDATED: Torrential rains and a freak rise in temperatures that rapidly melted snow in Western Norway led to flash flooding during the weekend, forcing evacuations and causing widespread damage in many mountain and valley areas. One barn was swept off its foundation and moved 50 meters, with 13 goats inside. Several local mayors were describing […]

Mountain threatens to crash down again

Never before has a long unstable mountainside towering over a valley in Romsdal been so threatening as this week. The few residents still living below it were facing their longest evacuation period yet. Now it’s the area of the mountain called Veslemannen that’s causing the most concern. Several landslides already and noisy rumbling prompted geologists […]

Cyclists still afraid, but also ‘egoistic’

A white “ghost cycle” memorial was recently set up near the scene of a collision that killed a cyclist in downtown Oslo last month. As city officials promote cycling ahead of driving, and invest billions in cycling lanes, cyclists themselves are also being accused of recklessness and what one police officer calls an “egoistic” attitude. […]

Residents still waiting for mountain to fall

A small group of hardy Norwegians were evacuated once again this week from their homes at the bottom of the unstable mountainside known as Mannen, in a valley in Romsdalen. It’s their seventh evacuation in recent years. Geologists sent out warnings earlier this week and then raised them to the so-called “red alert” level. On […]

Latest disaster film shakes up geologists

Norwegians were streaming to cinemas all over the country this weekend, to see the latest film about a natural disaster on home turf in Oslo. It’s shaking up both them and local geologists, who disagree over whether there’s a real threat of a massive earthquake in a country that has never had one, but does have […]

Two killed on board tanker

Two seafarers working on board a chemical tanker were killed while cleaning out tanks on board the vessel during the weekend. The men, one in his 40s and the other in his 70s, were from the Philippines and Spain. The vessel Key Fighter, controlled by Fjord Shipping of Måløy, is registered in Malta and operated […]

Women skiers in sorrow again

Norway’s national women’s ski team was in sorrow once again this week, after learning that former racer Ida Eide, a good friend of star skier Therese Johaug, died of a heart attack after just turning 30. Former champion Vibeke Skofterud, meanwhile, was found to have consumed too much alcohol to be legally driving the water jet […]

Five killed in single car crash

UPDATED: Three women and two men in their 50s and 60s were all killed on Sunday when the old open American car they were riding in crashed into the side of a mountain in Telemark on Sunday. The weather was clear and sunny, roads were dry and no other cars were involved, leading authorities to […]

Fatal crash grounds ultralight aircraft

The wreckage of an ultralight aircraft known as a mikrofly in Norwegian was found in Meløy, Nordland County during the night after it crashed on Tuesday with two people on board. Both were killed, and Norway’s air sports federation was suspending all mikrofly licenses until pilots go through a safety seminar. “We’ve had some incidents […]