As a follow-up to yesterday‘s post, I thought I’d share another descent that is common in Norway: the descent of rocks and boulders … sometimes one at a time, other times whole mountain sides.
Rocks and boulders tumbling down a mountain are a very real danger here. When we lived in a more remote area with its intimacy with the mountain sides, I was always a little nervous when driving. We never encountered “Mother Norway” throwing her boulders at us then or now, but this happened to one of the members of the Americans in Bergen Facebook group last week.
Yikes. Thankfully, no one was hurt.
Yesterday, about 100 yards from where my husband’s family lives on Osterøy (where my recent Wordless Wednesday photo was taken), a farmer was working in his barn and heard a rumble and a bang … and walking out, found a two-ton boulder that had just come crashing down and was now resting next to his house.
Yikes again. And thankfully again, no one was hurt.
We’ve had a lot of rain for weeks. The rivers have swollen and taken houses and roads with them, as well as creating dangerous mud- and rock- slide conditions throughout the country. The worst of the anticipated avalanches, though, is on Mannen, a mountain north of here. Geologists have been monitoring a huge area for about four years as it has been slowly breaking away. A couple weeks ago the movement increased; a major avalanche is anticipated very soon, and the residents of the homes beneath it have been evacuated. Info from the BBC gives an overview in English, and a web cam has been set up to monitor it. The live video (titled “NRK: Direkte fra fjellet Mannen”) is at the bottom of this web page. (One observation: this is further north, and the days are short. If you get a black screen, don’t be surprised! But the daylight views show the recent rocks slides and avalanches as the mountain rock gives in to gravity, and the photos in the article show the size of boulders that have fallen before, and maybe — if it’s daylight and you’re looking at it at the right moment — you’ll see the anticipated avalanche itself.)
Rock slides and avalanches occur all the time; often they don’t even make the national news. My husband has found this one from October 17, 2007. It might not have made the news, but it was intense and real!
That’s a fast and frightening descent, isn’t it?