Norway landslide sweeps dog and eight houses into sea

Norway landslide sweeps dog and eight houses into sea
By: World News Posted On: June 05, 2020 View: 52

Norway landslide sweeps dog and eight houses into sea

A courageous dog was swept into the sea with eight houses during a powerful landslide in Norway.

Footage from neighbours shows the large piece of land near the town of Alta in northern Norway suddenly breaking away from the mainland.

In less than two minutes the land is under water and the sea has engulfed eight houses which had been standing on the land.

Footage provided by the Royal Norwegian Airforce shows a member of the rescue services descending from a helicopter to rescue a dog from the site of a massive landslide.
Image: Raija the elkhound was swept into the sea with the houses
Eight homes have been swept into the sea after a powerful landslide in the Norwegian town of Alta.
Image: Eight homes have been swept into the sea after a powerful landslide in the Norwegian town of Alta.

Norwegian authorities said nobody was hurt when the houses were uprooted in the 650-metre (710 yards) long landslide on Wednesday.

"It appears no humans were in the area when it happened," local police officer Torfinn Halvari told Norwegian news agency NTB.

A powerful mudslide in Arctic Norway swept eight houses and the piece of land on which they stood. Pic: Royal Norwegian Airforce
Image: The chunk of land that slipped away was 650 metres long. Pic: Royal Norwegian Air Force
Footage provided by the Royal Norwegian Airforce shows a member of the rescue services descending from a helicopter to rescue a dog from the site of a massive landslide.
Image: The dog swam back onto land and was rescued by the Norwegian Air Force

However, a one-year-old dog called Raija was swept out to sea during the landslide.

The plucky elkhound, Norway's national dog, used for hunting moose and bears, managed to swim ashore and was lifted to safety by a military helicopter.

More from Norway

Eight buildings were swept away in several mudslides in Alta, northern Norway on Wednesday. A video from the Norwegian Armed Forces captures the moment one of the houses topples over. They also have pictures showing the Norwegian Elkhound Raja being rescued from the site of the slide in a helicopter by the No. 330 Squadron. The dog managed to swim ashore and is in good condition.
House topples over and dog rescued during landslide

Helmet footage from the Norwegian Air Force showed Raija having a harness placed on her and being calmly airlifted as she gets a pat on the head by her rescuer.

"The dog was swept into the sea but managed to swim ashore and survived," said Mr Halvari.

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