24 June 2019
Salaks: an unusual video of a landslide impact in Norway
On 8th June 2019 a landslide struck the Salaks salmon processing plant in the northern part of Norway, severely damaging the building and some of its equipment, and shutting the works down. Various news agencies reported the story in Norwegian at the time. Some included this image of the aftermath of the site:-
The failure appears to be a collapse of a rock bluff above the plant, with the debris following the slope to the bottom of the hill. There is some entrainment, most notably of trees. The landslide appears to have struck the corner of the plant.
Salaks have released CCTV video of the landslide striking the Salaks factory. It includes two different views, one within the building and one from a camera mounted outside. Unfortunately I cannot embed this video, but if not it can be viewed here. It is worth a look.
Although this is a comparatively small landslide, the violence and power of the event is clear. It is fortunate that there was no-one in the path of the landslide.
The news reports indicate that Salaks are still not able to enter the building, and so the full extent of the damage is not yet established. It is the second blow to the company this summer, which has been facing the impact of an algal bloom, damaging its fish stocks. The plant has about 25 employees in total, none of whom are able to work at present. Reports suggest that these individuals have had to be temporarily laid off.