From Iceland — Landslide In Eyjafjörður

Landslide In Eyjafjörður

Published October 6, 2020

Photo by
Facebook/Northeast Iceland Police

A landslide fell from the mountains above the farm Gislá 2 in Eyjafjörður at eleven o’clock this morning, according to Fréttablaðið. No one was in the house when the landslide occurred, and it stopped about one hundred metres above the house.

The police in Northeast Iceland are now on site and an expert from the Icelandic Meteorological Office is expected to assess the situation. The possibility of further landslides occurring has not yet been excluded.

Vísir spoke to Birgir H. Arason, a farmer in Gullbreka who watched the landslide fall: “I was just working out here and I heard a loud thud and thought it was a car coming home, but it wasn’t. Then I thought it was a plane coming but then I heard and saw that it was a landslide that came here from the mountain just north of me and directly above Gilsá, which is the nearest town north of me on the Akureyri side. It was a huge amount of noise and mud that came down and it went on for about four minutes.”

The Civil Protection Department made an announcement and shared photos of the landslide on Facebook.

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