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Home* News and Stories → More evacua­tions on the anni­ver­s­a­ry of the 2015 avalan­che in Lon­gye­ar­by­en

More evacua­tions on the anni­ver­s­a­ry of the 2015 avalan­che in Lon­gye­ar­by­en

Update (21 Decem­ber): The wea­ther has cal­med down again and after che­cking rele­vant avalan­che-pro­ne slo­pes, the aut­ho­ri­ties have deci­ded to lift the traf­fic ban that was imple­men­ted on Mon­day.
The evacua­tions from last week, con­cer­ning the upper row of houses in Lia, remains in for­ce until fur­ther noti­ce (end of update).

It seems almost stran­ge: exact­ly 2 years after the fatal avalan­che in Lon­gye­ar­by­en, the wea­ther fore­cast for today (19 Decem­ber) seems almost exact­ly the same as it was just befo­re snow mas­ses kil­led two peop­le in their homes on 19 Decem­ber, 2015. Winds up to 20 m/s from sou­the­as­ter­ly direc­tions and strong pre­ci­pi­ta­ti­on are expec­ted during the evening.

For tonight, a com­me­mo­ra­ti­on cere­mo­ny was sche­du­led for the vic­tims of the fatal 2015 avalan­che. But it seems as if many people’s atten­ti­on will rather be deman­ded by today’s situa­ti­on and events. Some days ago, the Sys­sel­man­nen had alrea­dy issued an order to evacua­te parts of Lon­gye­ar­by­en. This was to be in for­ce on 22 Decem­ber and based on the gene­ral avalan­che risk, rather than the actu­al wea­ther and avalan­che situa­ti­on. After new wea­ther fore­casts were released, this mea­su­re came into for­ce alrea­dy yes­ter­day (18 Decem­ber) at 22 p.m.

At the same time, the evacua­ti­on zone was exten­ded to inclu­de more houses in Lia, the part of Lon­gye­ar­by­en that was hit in 2015 (“Spiss­hu­se­ne”, the colou­red woo­den houses bet­ween the cent­re and the moun­tain Suk­ker­top­pen) and parts of Nyby­en (all houses on the east side of the road).

The evacua­tions are in for­ce until fur­ther noti­ce. Some addres­ses may not be acces­si­ble for mon­ths.

Evacuations Longyearbyen 2017 avalanche risk

Lar­ge parts of Nyby­en and Lia in Lon­gye­ar­by­en are now evacua­ted becau­se of the cur­rent and gene­ral avalan­che risk.

By the way, my new book is in print and it can now be orde­red 🙂 it is a pho­to book with the tit­le “Nor­we­gens ark­ti­scher Nor­den (1): Spitz­ber­gen – vom Polar­licht bis zur Mit­ter­nachts­son­ne”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!

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