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Houses dragged out to sea by 2,000-foot-wide landslide in Norway

Saturday, June 6th 2020, 4:17 pm - A dog that was swept out to sea by the landslide was rescued by the Royal Norwegian Air Force.

A landslide that was between 650-800 metres (2,145-2,640 feet) wide dragged eight buildings into the ocean near Alta, Norway on June 3.

In an interview with Storyful, local resident Jan Egil Bakkeby said he was in his cabin when the landslide began. Bakkeby said he quickly ran outside to higher ground where he was able to safely record the incident.

The video above shows a large section of land with home and structures being dragged into the water of the Altafjord. Police spokesman Torfinn Halvari said a car was also swept away in the landslide.

Norweigan authorities state that one person required evacuation and there were no injuries.

A one-year-old dog named Raija was swept out to sea during the landslide and was rescued by a helicopter unit of the Royal Norwegian Air Force. The video below shows the dog running towards the responders that rescued her.

Landslides can happen for a variety of reasons including saturation from heavy rainfall, shoreline erosion, rising groundwater, loss of vegetation, and ground shaking caused by earthquakes, machinery or traffic.

DOG RESCUED BY HELICOPTER DURING LANDSLIDE IN NORWAY:

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