Avalanche hits Svalbard archipelago

2015-12-19 18:32
A view of the Norwegian ice floe taken from a helicopter near Svalbard.

A view of the Norwegian ice floe taken from a helicopter near Svalbard. (Berit Roald)

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Copenhagen - Norwegian authorities say six people suffered non-threatening injuries and several people are unaccounted for after an avalanche of snow on the remote Arctic island of Svalbard hit 10 houses.

Tone Hertzberg, a spokesperson for the governor of Svalbard, said "it would be logical" to believe that Saturday's 10:00GMT avalanche is connected to a storm with strong winds that hit the Svalbard archipelago late Friday.

Local daily Svalbardposten said the storm, with winds up to 95km/h, it was the worst storm in 30 years.

Svalbard is situated more than 800km north of the mainland, and is known for its stunning views of snow-covered mountains, fjords and glaciers.

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