5 May 2022
Malvik: an interesting landslide on the E6 highway in Norway
On Wednesday 4 May 2022 an interesting landslide occurred on the E6 highway near to Malvik in Norway. The site of the landslide appears to be 63.403, 10.804. The best image that I have found of the landslide has been posted on the nettavisen.no site:-
One person was caught up in the landslide. Fortunately he was recovered from the landslide in a conscious condition. An image from tv2 shows the impact of the landslide on the road:-
As per the comments below, there is also a Google Streetview of the site: https://goo.gl/maps/x1TmWHaaTZj6Msi98
It is probably very fortunate that there were not more casualties from this serious incident, given that it occurred at about 1 pm local time.
It is clear from the images that the landslide occurred at a site of ongoing groundworks, and indeed the injured individual worked for a subcontractor at the site. Note the backhoe located immediately below the back scarp of the landslide, heavily tilted, suggesting a rotational failure that has transitioned into an earthflow.
In the aftermath of the landslide 100 local residents were evacuated from areas around the site, but they have now been allowed to return home. The E6 road is now closed.
The online newspaper nrk.no reports that this stretch of road has ongoing works for the construction of a new motorway. The most recent Google Earth image of the site, from September 2018, shows that the site was forested.