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Avalan­che in Lon­gye­ar­by­en

On Tues­day mid day, an avalan­che from the moun­tain Suk­ker­top­pen hit houses in Lon­gye­ar­by­en and des­troy­ed two buil­dings in way 228, clo­se to the posi­ti­on of tho­se houses that were des­troy­ed during the avalan­che in Decem­ber 2015. Two lives were lost in 2015.

This time, peop­le have escaped with luck. As far as is known so far, the­re is no inju­ry or loss of life.

The­re had been strong eas­ter­ly winds and drif­ting snow sin­ce Mon­day evening, a wea­ther situa­ti­on simi­lar to that befo­re the 2015 avalan­che. The local admi­nis­tra­ti­on had issued an avalan­che warning with the con­clu­si­on that infra­st­ruc­tu­re and buil­dings in Lon­gye­ar­by­en were not at risk. This eva­lua­ti­on was obvious­ly wrong.

Tho­se direct­ly con­cer­ned expe­ri­en­ced some dra­ma­tic moments, but escaped with some luck.

The area hit and other ways that might be at risk as well as the pede­stri­an bridge Per­le­por­ten are clo­sed until fur­ther noti­ce from offi­cial side.

Place whe­re the avalan­che acci­dent occur­red

Lawinenunglück 21.02.2017

Source: Sval­bard­pos­ten

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