Update: No indication that anyone has been swept away in the large avalanche on Svalbard

Nybyen - avalanche - SvalbardPhoto: Sysselmannen / NTB
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A large avalanche took place at Hiorthfjellet on Svalbard. The avalanche area is being investigated with scooter patrols and helicopters, but no people have been swept away by the snow mass.

The avalanche occurred on the mountainside of Sneheim in Hiorthfjellet, the Governor of Svalbard announced.

“The Governor has investigated the avalanche area below Hiorthfjellet. There is no indication that anyone was taken by the avalanche. No one was reported missing. It looks as if the avalanche has been triggered naturally,” the Governor stated.

Danger level 4 (considerable danger) is still in place for Nordenskiöld Land. A total of 117 residents in Nybyen in Longyearbyen had to be evacuated on Friday afternoon due to the danger level.

Third avalanche

This is the third time this winter that residents of Nybyen had to evacuate. The previous evacuation lasted from last Saturday to Monday.

“These are very demanding conditions… Avoid avalanche terrain,” varsom.no warned on its website.

Hiorthfjellet is 928 meters high and is located on the north side of Adventfjorden, just north of Longyearbyen.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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