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.
An Italian farmer and his family had an unbelievably close call with some house-sized boulders. You have to see the pictures to believe it. The boulders were dislodged during a landslide on January 21 in Northern Italy. One of the boulders smashed through the barn and courtyard of the farm and cut a swath through their vineyard before stopping near a boulder from some previous rockfall / landslide event. That older boulder is even bigger, about the same size as the entire farmhouse and big enough to be seen on Google Earth! See below or download the KMZ file.
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