A landslide struck the village of Gjerdrum, which is about 25km (15 miles) north-east of the Norwegian capital, Oslo. The slide is already being called a “quick clay” landslide by officials. It occurred around 4 am local time on December 30, 2020, and injured 10 people, one critically, and forced some 700 residents to evacuate. As of December 31, authorities were searching for 10 missing residents. Rescues were only possible by helicopter because of the unstable situation. They are also employing dogs and drones in the search for the missing. The slide measures 300m by 700m (985ft by 2,300ft). Another quick clay landslide occurred near the town of Alta, Norway earlier this year.
This is definitely the season for landslides, mudslides, debris flows and other mayhem in Oregon and elsewhere in the pacific northwest. It seems like every time I turn around there is another Google Alert in my inbox about a landslide related issue in that area. Having a hard time keeping up with it all, I decided to try something new. Click through to see a map of automatically updated landslide news in Oregon. Lets call it a Beta…so we’ll see if it works out. If it does, maybe I’ll try something similar for other areas or other items that tend to make it into the news. (Photo by Ross William Hamilton/The Oregonian)
A teenage girl strolling on the beach in Pacifica, California was buried alive by a landslide. She was buried up to her chest, and a passer-by dug her out with his bare hands while more soil and rock fell around them. Story at KTVU San Francisco. See a nice oblique aerial photo of the beach prior to the landslide here. Those slopes don’t look particularly stable to me but what do I know?