Several houses were washed away when a large piece of land was suddenly swept into the sea in a major landslide in Norway.
The powerful earth movement on the western side of Kråkneset in Alta municipality on Wednesday afternoon severed a piece of land over half a kilometre in width and 160 metres deep, which had 8 properties on it.
Within minutes of the first movements, the houses had been dragged into the sea.
No one is known to be injured at this moment, and rescue services currently believe everyone has been accounted for. One person was evacuated by helicopter and a dog reportedly swam to safety.
A local resident said: “I had just made two slices of toast when I heard a bang in the cabin. At first I thought there was someone in the loft, but then I saw out of the window that the power cord was smoking.”
“I stormed out and fled up the mountainside where I saw it all from a distance. You could say I ran for my life,” he told local news outlet Altaposten.
He said he then stood watching from the mountainside where he documented the cabin, which he and his wife have had for 19 years, being rapidly destroyed by the huge earth movements.
He also said he and his wife had seen cracks appear the day before. “We saw a large and deep crack in the road below the cabin. We were a bit sceptical, but still chose to stay overnight,” he said.
No one is allowed to enter the affected area due to ongoing instability, but police are working to confirm nobody remains unaccounted for.
The reason for the landslide is not known, but there is a lot of quick clay in the region which leads to unstable soil, and rapid landslides.
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