Large landslide in north Iceland

Few days ago an large landslide did happen in north Iceland. This landslide did come from the mountain Móafellshyrna. It has been estimated that this landslide is about 300 meters wide and is about 1 km long. Rocks continue to fall from the mountain. Some are large as houses in some areas. So going up close to this landslide is not save for the moment.

It is believed that mixture of earthquake activity in Tjörnes Fracture Zone along with rain and melting snow is the reason for this landslide.

Icelandic news about this

Drunur í björgum við Þrasastaði (Rú, Icelandic, Pictures)
Gríðarstór skriða (Rú, Icelandic, video)

6 Replies to “Large landslide in north Iceland”

  1. I saw this posted on another forum – is it just a test?

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  2. There was an interesting interview in the news at 19:00 in Ríkissjónvarpið tonight, it seems that in this landslide frozen earth moved as a result to global warming. At 700-900 meters above sea level the ground is frozen.

    1. Yes. I did notice. I am going to write about it in tonight blog post. It is going to be a bit late however since I am working on few things at the moment.

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