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An extremely powerful landslide has swept eight houses into the sea in Alta municipality, northern Norway, on Wednesday, CNN reports. The landslide was 650 meters (2,133 feet) wide and 150 meters (492 feet) deep,
The police were notified of the incident at 3.45 pm which prompted a rescue operation to be immediately launched by air and sea.
Just now in Alta, Norway: Huge mudslide dragging several houses into the sea. pic.twitter.com/xR4t5zLI7m— Jan Fredrik Drabløs (@JanFredrikD) June 3, 2020
The landslide destroyed eight buildings; however, thankfully, no one was harmed and all people were evacuated from the buildings before it was too late.""
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A slide of this magnitude had never happened in Alta
Anders Bjordal, a Norwegian Water Resources, and Energy Directorate engineer, stated that landslides at this magnitude "seldom happen in Norway, maybe every one or two years." Apparently, in Alta, such a slide had never happened.
Apparently, numeral landslides of lesser magnitude had happened before the devastating landslide, local media reports.
'No discoveries have been made'
During the following hours of the incident, police were unable to enter the area due to possible instability. It was reported that the rescue helicopter returned just before 7 pm, having searched visually and using camera equipment.
On-duty commander Sten-Rune Nikolaisen from the Main Rescue Centre stated, "They have searched visually and using camera equipment. No discoveries have been made."
This poor dog was caught up in the landslide
A bewildered dog was the only victim of the powerful landslide.
It was, thankfully, okay, and was able to swim back to the shore just fine.
The only victim caught up in the enormous mudslide in Norway was this dog, who swam to shore and is fine https://t.co/zHmQv6H9Tspic.twitter.com/EiDE9BOnVx— ralph waldo cybersyn (cw: police violence in RTs) (@atomicthumbs) June 3, 2020
Situation is being monitored
The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate is currently monitoring the situation and will continue to do so in the following days. They are also monitoring the sea and seabed level to watch out for any more risks of landslides.