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. […]

Extreme weather stuns Vestlandet

UPDATED: Winter came early over the weekend, with stormy weather dumping up to 20 centimeters of snow in some areas of the mountains while also wreaking havoc over wide areas of Vestlandet (Western Norway). Strong winds knocked down trees and power lines, leaving thousands without power, while others were evacuated after heavy rain led to […]

Mountain finally crashes down

The most worrisome portion of Norway’s highly unstable mountain, Mannen in Romsdalen, finally came crashing down to the valley below Thursday night. State broadcaster NRK captured the massive rockslide while local residents and geologists celebrated, after five years of steady alarms and frequent evacuations. “Nå skjer det! (Now it’s happening!)” Thrilled spectators could be heard […]

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 […]