Mountain’s rumbling forces new evacuation

Just days after being allowed to return home, Norwegians living at the foot of the country’s most unstable mountain Mannen had to pack up and leave again. State authorities ordered a new evacuation after fearing a new landslide. The national agency monitoring the mountain (NVE) raised the danger level back up to rødt (red) on […]

Cold cuts risk of mountain falling

Norway’s cold summer weather this year is unpopular, but it has reduced new warnings that the country’s unstable mountain known as Mannen might literally fall down to the valley below. Snow that fell on its summit during the night was actually welcome, also in July. It got even colder Monday night at the top of […]

Ministry confirms frigate scrapping

It’s official: Norway’s badly damaged frigate KNM Helge Ingstad won’t be repaired. The defense ministry has finally determined that it will be better to simply scrap the expensive vessel that collided with a tanker last autumn and then sank. Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen announced that the government now officially agrees that it’s “more appropriate” to […]

Embassy car in fatal crash

A car belonging to the Russian Embassy in Oslo crashed into the metal railings of a tram stop in the Norwegian capital’s Frogner/Skillebekk district late Wednesday night. One of the two people in the car was killed, while the other injured. Oslo police were reluctant to detail circumstances surrounding crash, which occurred shortly after midnight […]

E-coli found in the water on Utsira

It ranks as Norway’s smallest municipality, but the island community of Utsira was in the news on Wednesday as a new victim of contaminated drinking water. The roughly 200 people living on Utsira, plus visitors, were told to boil their water after local officials found traces of E-coli bacteria in it. Wind-swept Utsira, about an […]

Water crisis jars officials into action

The small community of Askøy on Norway’s West Coast is gathering residents for public meetings this week to calm fears after the local drinking water supply was contaminated. The Askøy crisis has shaken waterworks officials all over the country who have long postponed needed maintenance. “Both parents and children are scared,” Askøy’s acting mayor Bård […]

Leak may have set off hydrogen explosion

A preliminary report on the hydrogen explosion at a filling station in Sandvika earlier this month ties it to a leak in a high-pressure storage tank. The report was conducted by security consultancy Gexcon for Nel ASA, the company that developed the technology at the filling station. Police have said their own report on the […]

Hydrogen blast probe ‘may take months’

Norwegian police still aren’t offering any preliminary findings into their investigation of a major explosion at a hydrogen filling station just west of Oslo last week. The blast, meanwhile, has brought most of the hydrogen vehicle industry in Norway to a standstill. “It tends to take a relatively long time when we need to write […]

Norwegian ship likely a conscious target

The Norwegian-controlled oil tanker that was attacked in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday could have been singled out as a target, according to a Norwegian foreign policy expert who concentrates on the Middle East. That’s because its operations are linked to several small nations including Norway that don’t pose military threats of their own. […]

Norwegian tanker burning in Gulf of Oman

Norway’s maritime authority (Sjøfartsdirektoratet) reported Thursday that the Norwegian-controlled tanker Front Altair was “attacked” early in the morning while sailing between the United Arab Emirates and Iran. The vessel is in the fleet of Norwegian shipping tycoon John Fredriksen’s firm Frontline Management, which denied earlier reports it had sunk. Frontline reported that all 23 crew […]