No one was injured in a landslide that occurred yesterday in Varmahlíð, North Iceland, though two houses sustained significant damage. Nine homes on four different streets in the town have been evacuated. The evacuation will remain in force until after the region’s local Civil Protection and Emergency Management Committee meets this morning to assess the situation. An announcement is expected by noon on whether residents can return to their homes.
According to Sigfús Ingi Sigfússon, head of the local council, authorities had noticed the land sagging on the town’s Norðurbrún street towards the end of the winter. Repairs on the street were scheduled to begin today and equipment had been ready at the location when the landslide occurred. Luckily, no one was home in the two houses affected when the landslide fell.