Search resumes for more slide victims

Two weeks after a deadly landslide swallowed homes in a small town northeast of Oslo, efforts were resuming this week to find the last three victims still missing and presumed dead. Survivors have been moving back to undamaged homes, some reluctantly, while both state and local officials promise ongoing support. “You are not alone,” the […]

Hopes ran out for finding survivors

A remarkable search and rescue effort mounted by the Norwegian police, military, geologists, health care workers and other experts “entered a new phase” Tuesday evening. Police gave up hopes of finding more survivors in last week’s catastrophic landslide in Gjerdrum, after yet another slide hit the area. “We have done all we can to save […]

Royals meet slide survivors in grief

UPDATED: Norway’s King Harald V, Queen Sonja and Crown Prince Haakon all traveled to Gjerdrum on Sunday, to meet with survivors of last week’s devastating landslide as reports of fatalities were streaming in. Search and rescue crews had kept working to find more survivors, but hopes were fading Sunday evening. “We have an extremely emotional […]

Police confirm the first slide fatality

Emergency crews have found the first victim of this week’s catastrophic landslide at Gjerdrum, north of Oslo, after search and rescue operations continued through the night and on New Year’s Day. Police confirmed the fatality late Friday afternoon, while still insisting that they continue to have “full focus” on finding survivors. Police wouldn’t immediately reveal […]

Hydrologist warned of unstable ground

As more homes and buildings were lost on Thursday in a “catastrophic” landslide northeast of Oslo, questions were flying over why homebuilders were allowed to develop residential communities on kvikkleire. That’s the clay-like ground that suddenly gave way before dawn on Wednesday, and a hydrologist claims he warned local officials if its potential instability as early […]

‘Catastrophe’ ends already awful year

UPDATED: Around 1,500 people have had to be evacuated, nearly a dozen were injured and more are missing after a severe landslide devastated a neighbourhood in Gjerdrum, just north of Oslo on Wednesday. Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who arrived on the scene as emergency operations continued, declared it all a “catastrophe,” as a difficult year […]

More landslide danger looms

Geologists were warning that lots of melting snow and warmer temperatures may set off more landslides, also in the Alta area of Finnmark in Northern Norway where eight homes and holiday homes were swept into the sea on Wednesday. “It’s important to stress that there’s still a lot of snow in the mountains,” Bjørn Sønju-Moltzau, […]

More storms hammer Western Norway

Roads were closed and communities isolated in Western Norway on Monday, after snow followed by heavy rainstorms raised the threat of landslides. Stormy weather was once again spoiling the holidays between Christmas and the New Year. Authorities raised the warning levels for avalanches, mud- and rock slides late Sunday in the counties of Møre og […]

Rockslide shocks highway officials

A brand-new stretch of Norway’s highly trafficked E18 highway around Larvik was hailed as the “project of the year” when it was completed just last year. Several tons of rock and boulders ended up crashing down on its southbound lanes heading into the weekend, and officials claim they’ll “turn every stone” until they find out […]

Landslide forces more evacuations

Residents of around 25 houses in Nittedal just north of Oslo don’t know when they’ll be able to return to their homes after a landslide earlier this week left a huge hole near the communitiy of Hagan. Damage to infrastructure also left large portions of Nittedal as far north as Hakadal without electricity or water. […]