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Avalanche Risk in North Iceland

Avalanche risk has been declared for parts of North Iceland by the Icelandic Met Office. There are reportedly signs of weak areas in the snow cover which could come loose, creating a large avalanche if flooding occurs, visir.is reports.

ski-tindastoll-skagafj_psArchive photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

In related news, the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police Special Forces took part in avalanche rescue training at Bláfjöll, a capital region ski resort, yesterday.

Upon arrival, they discovered a 300-meter wide avalanche which had fallen north of the road to the ski resort.

In December, a level of emergency due to avalanche risk was declared in parts of the West Fjords and North Iceland. Heavy snowfall in the region resulted in blackouts in some areas.

Yesterday marked 18 years since the avalanche in Súðavík in the West Fjords, which claimed 14 lives.

Click here to read more about the level of emergency declared in December.

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