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Insane landslide sweeps houses into the sea

June 5, 2020 | Comment icon 8 comments

Several buildings were totally destroyed. Image Credit: Jan Egil Bakkeby
Video footage shows the moment a huge landslide caused several houses to be swept into the ocean.
Serving as a stark reminder of the dangers of constructing houses too close to the sea, this devastating event, which occurred in Norway's Alta municipality, saw a chunk of land 2,100ft across being swept into the ocean, carrying a number of cabins and holiday homes along for the ride.

Some of the buildings managed to remain intact, at least initially, as the waves tossed them around.

Fortunately nobody was present at the time, however a dog that had been in the area of the landslide was reportedly swept out to sea before being picked up by the crew of a rescue helicopter.

It remains unclear exactly what caused the landslide to occur.
"In this municipality, a landslide has not happened in 50 or 60 years, and there has never been one this size," said senior engineer Anders Bjordal who was involved in the rescue effort.

The footage was recorded by Jan Egil Bakkeby who had narrowly managed to escape one of the cabins before it was swept into the waves.

"I had just made two slices of bread when I heard it crack in the cabin," he said. "At first I thought there was someone in the loft, but then I saw out of the window that the power cord was smoking."

The area has since been closed to the public while an investigation is carried out.

Source: New York Times | Comments (8)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by freetoroam 2 years ago
Well they were pretty close to the edge. We have seen this a few times here too, that beautiful sea view can come at a price, do not be building on the sea edge if you want to leave your home as part of the inheritance for your children......unless you do not like them, thens its an ideal place if you can live it out.
Comment icon #2 Posted by quiXilver 2 years ago
So amazing no one was harmed.  The one dog swept out with it was recovered...   Utterly bizarre to see a whole slab of earth slide along a mud slurry and skid into the ocean like that!
Comment icon #3 Posted by David Thomson 2 years ago
Notice how each house remains whole throughout the strong forces of the water. These house were well built. Very few houses in the USA are built this well.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog 2 years ago
I don't thing the neighbors will stay in there... 
Comment icon #5 Posted by glorybebe 2 years ago
I can't believe the dog was saved.  I really, really hope they are right and no one got caught in it.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Susanc241 2 years ago
We need this chap on UFO watch. Great bit of steady 'landscape' recording, from what I assume is a phone (as he only just got out in time). Amazing event. Lucky no-one was killed or injured.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Passing through 2 years ago
Amazing footage, glad about the dog being rescued and no fatalities. was expecting the mountainside to slip not a flat slab as someone else pointed out.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Torviking 2 years ago
I?ll bet this is due to deforestation further up the high ground, I have seen this before on my visits to Norway, especially along the country roads after a heavy snowfall and it starts to melt.

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