Critics blast latest digital breakdown

Hundreds of people in Jølster and the emergency crews trying to help them this week had to cope with a digital collapse, after extreme weather and a series of landslides left them not only without power, but also mobile phone coverage and Internet access. The government is now demanding better preparedness from telecoms firms. “We are […]

Landslides set off drama, destruction

Stories of fear and the destructive force of extreme weather were emerging Wednesday, as communication was re-established with areas of Jølster hit by sudden and massive landslides late Tuesday. At least one man is now officially missing and presumed dead after the car he was driving was swept off the road and into the lake […]

Landslides close roads, isolate homes

Police still couldn’t account for at least 30 people in the mountain community of Jølster in Sogn og Fjordane by midday, after heavy rains unleashed landslides in the area Tuesday evening. The main E39 highway remained closed as well, and mobile phone coverage was knocked out. “We have to go in with geologists now and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mountain evacuees could move back home

Homeowners and farmers living at the foot of the unstable Norwegian mountain known as Mannen were allowed to return to their homes on Sunday after being evacuated since late last week. They continue to live with uncertainty, however, over whether the mountain will some day crash down. Colder weather and predicted rain that came as […]

Unstable mountain prompts evacuation

Norway’s restless mountain called Mannen has started moving again, so much that geologists who are constantly monitoring it called for the evacuation Thursday night of those living under it. They fear the mountainside will crash down to the valley below. Mannen has set off drama for years, most recently last year when local residents were […]

Yet another mountain threatens to fall

Norwegian geologists are constantly monitoring the stability of the country’s steep mountainsides, and now one in Northern Norway is creating concerns. It’s called Gamanjunni, located up a valley across the Kåfjord from Olderdalen in Troms County, and evacuations loom. A new report from state waterways agency NVE warns that if masses of rock and dirt loosen and crash […]