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Avalanches Fall Around Iceland

Several avalanches occurred around Siglufjörður and Ólafsfjörður in North-Iceland after heavy snowfall on Saturday, mbl.is reports.

olafsfjordur-winter_psÓlafsfjörður Town. Photo by PS.

The avalanches are categorized as dry slab avalanches and some of them fell quite a distance. Snowmobilers also triggered two slab avalanches in steep mountain hills near Dalvík around noon on Sunday. Dry slab avalanches are avalanches in which an entire slab of snow packed tightly together is set off. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />

Snowfall was heavy in the West Fjords during the weekend. The road to Árneshreppur had to be closed yesterday afternoon due to an avalanche. The postal service car had recently passed the area along with two passengers, bb.is reports. Snow shoveling between Kjörvogur and Djúpavík had to be cancelled yesterday due to impending danger of avalanches

Most of the avalanches are at a size of 2,5-3. Size 3 avalanches weigh around 3,000 tons and are capable of destroying a passenger car, burying a truck, damaging a house or destroying minor constructions, according to the Icelandic Met Office’s website. No injuries or damages due to the avalanches have been reported.


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