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Giant Landslide Closes Road in North Iceland

A 250-meter wide mudslide fell on road nr. 85 between Akureyri and Húsavík in Northeast Iceland around 2 am last night and severely damaged the road which is now closed. Power lines were also cut. It’s considered lucky that no one was hit.

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The road stretch in question is by Ystafell in Kaldakinn. This was the third mudslide to fall in the area in a span of only a few days, ruv.is reports.

“It seemed to us while we were investigating the scene last night that there’s a 20-30 meter gap in the road … I believe the surface dressing is ruined at a 150-200 meter stretch,” estimated Gunnar Bóasson at the Icelandic Road Administration.

Gunnar added that the road won’t be opened any time soon but pointed out that the roads across Fljótsheiði and Aðaldalur are open. However, he is concerned that these may also become subject to mudslides. “The weather has been so warm,” he said.

After a harsh winter and cold spring North and East Iceland are now looking at sunny weather and temperatures as high as 22°C (72°F) in Raufarhöfn yesterday.

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