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Photo: Páll Stefánsson. Seyðisfjörður.

Avalanches, Landslides, and Slush Floods in East Iceland

A state of uncertainty has been declared in East Iceland due to the ongoing danger of avalanches and landslides. It rained heavily in the region yesterday and avalanches, slush floods, and rockfalls were reported in a dozen areas spanning from Höfn in Southeast Iceland to Borgarfjörður eystri in the country’s northeast. The events have led to property damage and damaged a power line, but no injuries have been reported.

The most precipitation yesterday was measured at Borgarfjörður eystri, or around 130 mm, while measurements were almost as high in Neskaupsstaður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, and Eskifjörður. In Seyðisfjörður, where devastating mudslides destroyed over a dozen buildings in December, rainfall measured 70mm. The rain has since let up. Weather will be warm and windy today and the risk of avalanches is ongoing.

Three homes were evacuated in Seyðisfjörður last night, but the evacuation order has since been called off.

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