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Avalanches in West Fjords and North Iceland

A number of avalanches have fallen in the West Fjords and north Iceland in the past days. No one has been harmed and no damages have been reported yet the force of these avalanches is immense.


A snow-covered landscape. Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The avalanche risk has now been lifted in the northern West Fjords, Morgunblaðið reports.

According to ruv.is, avalanches have caused more fatalities than any other natural disaster in Iceland since its settlement in the 9th century AD.

Written sources reveal that at least 680 deaths in Iceland have been caused by avalanches through the centuries, as stated on andvari.vedur.is.

In 1974, 12 people died in an avalanche in Neskaupstaður in the East Fjords and in 1995, 34 people were killed in avalanches in Súðavík and Flateyri in the West Fjords.


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