Landslide in Fljótsdal, east Iceland

Yesterday (1-June-2014) a 300 meter wide landslide fell in east Iceland. This landslide did create minor damage for the nearby farm. The total damage is so far 250.000 ISK (1.615,93€, 1.312,13 GBP current exchange rate). The farmer thinks that at least one sheep was lost under the landslide, it is not told of any lambs where lost, 500 poles for fences where also lost under the landslide. This farmer makes them for sale. Four horses did safe them by jumping over a fence when the landslide got close to them.

The reason for this landslide is melting of snow the mountain above the farm. Summer melt has now started in Iceland and for the past few days have been warm in Iceland with temperature going up to 18C (and above) at locations. There has not been a lot of rainfall in Iceland for the past few days.

Icelandic news of this landslide

Aurskriða féll í leysingum í Fljótsdal (Rúv.is, Icelandic, Picture)

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2 Responses to Landslide in Fljótsdal, east Iceland

  1. Treacleminer says:

    Are all the earthquakes yesterday ice quakes as the ice melts Jon?

    • No. This are small earthquakes most of them. I don’t think it has anything to do with. Weather has been good in Iceland for the past few days with little wind. It makes detection of smaller earthquakes more easy, this might be it.

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