‘Unusual’ erosion set off deadly mudslide

Real estate development and urbanization that led to “unusually powerful erosion” in and around a local creek is what set off last winter’s deadly mudslide in a residential area of Ask in Gjerdrum, north of Oslo. Ten people were killed in the terrifying slide that destroyed an entire neighbourhood in the middle of the night. […]

Last body found in mudslide debris

Police in the rural community of Ask in Gjerdrum, northeast of Oslo, reported the discovery of a body in the remains of a massive landslide that hit a residential area on December 30. The body is believed to be the last of 10 people missing since the tragedy that resulted in nine fatalities so far. […]

Two more bodies recovered after mudslide

The grim but ongoing search for three people still missing after a fatal mudslide in Gjerdrum just before New Year resulted in discovery of two more victims late Tuesday afternoon. They’d been buried under two meters of the clay-like earth that gave way in the middle of the night on December 30. The search was […]

Bad weather halted search for slide victims

Fog and snow halted efforts this week to resume the search for the bodies of three people missing since a massive land slide destroyed several homes in Gjerdrum just before New Year. Local Mayor Anders Østensen said the slide area remains “an open sore” for the small community where hundreds remain homeless. Search crews guided […]

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 […]