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Avalanche and Storm Warning in Iceland

The avalanche which fell in the eastern Fnjóskadalur valley near the Vaglaskógur forest in northeast Iceland hit the uninhabited farm Veisusel and caused significant damages to a storage facility. The snow pushed itself with extreme force far into the facility.


The photo is not related to the story. By Páll Stefánsson.

Sveinn Brynjólfsson, avalanche supervisor at the Icelandic Meteorological Office told ruv.is that this is the largest avalanche on record to fall in this region.

There are records of farming at Veisusel dating back to the 17th century and there is no mention of previous avalanches having hit the farm site.

The Meteorological Office’s avalanche supervisors examined the layers of snow and the traces of the avalanche in Fnjóskadalur yesterday.

They expect other avalanches to fall in Fnjóskadalur. The Meteorological Office has warned snowmobilers and skiers about being in places known for avalanche risk. People are also asked not to stop their vehicles on sections of road where avalanches could fall.

Meanwhile the Meteorological Office has issued a storm warning for south Iceland and people are asked to refrain from traveling in the region. School was canceled in Vík, Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki today.

The Westman Islands ferry Herjólfur did not sail this morning and will probably stay put in the afternoon as well. The wind is expected to pick up speed, also along the western coast.

A blizzard is raging in many mountain passes in the West Fjords and roads in the northeast and east are also difficult to navigate.

Meteorologist Hrafn Gudmundsson told ruv.is that the weather is expected to calm tomorrow and the outlook is fair for Saturday.

Click here to read more about the avalanche in Fnjóskadalur.

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