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Landslide Disrupts Traffic in North East

A landslide forced the closure of a road last night, November 16, in Northeast Iceland by the town of Grenivík. Route 83 going north from Akureyri is currently closed from the junction with Víkurskarðsvegur.

Authorities advise residents to take a detour through Dalsmynni.

The announcement from North East Iceland police can be seen below.

Authorities state that although landslides are not common in this area, avalanches are. 

An approximately 50 to 70m stretch of road is affected, covered in about one metre of mud and debris.

Gísli Gunnar Oddgeirsson, municipal council director of Grýtubakkahreppur, stated to RÚV: “It’s not usual for there to be landslides there, and considering that there’s been no rain, it’s a bit surprising.”

No one was harmed during the landslide, but one car is stated to have driven into the mire.

 

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