From Iceland — State Of Uncertainty Issued Over Possibility Of Avalanches In The Westfjords Today

State Of Uncertainty Issued Over Possibility Of Avalanches In The Westfjords Today

Published February 14, 2020

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Timothée Lambrecq

A state of uncertainty has been declared for the Westfjords today, Vísir reports, on account of an increased risk of avalanches in the northern portion of the region.

The Icelandic Met Office is monitoring the situation closely. As it stands now, there is no immediate threat of an avalanche, but the combination of snowfall and high winds can be dangerous in certain settings.

This is especially the case in the Westfjords, which is characterised by steep mountains and very little flat coastline—which is where the communities of the Westfjords have been built.

The monitoring of the situation is especially pertinent given that three avalanches struck the region only a month ago. While there was no life of life and few injuries at that time, other occasions have not fared as well.

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