The Svalbard fatal accident 19th December 2015 - Assisting local authorities in the acute phase
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The Svalbard fatal avalanche caused massive destruction when it hit part of the village Longyearbyen Saturday morning at the start of the Christmas holiday. The avalanche released after a furious storm and killed to persons, destroyed 11 houses and numerous cars and snowmobiles. The avalanche revealed that numerous houses in the village where endangered in the current situation. Two avalanche experts from NGI arrived at the site on the remote island in the evening and assisted local authorities.