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Increased movements and rock slides in Veslemannen

Increase in movements and rockslides are reported in Veslemannen mountain. Rainfall arrived later than announce in Romsdalen on Sunday night.

Upper part of the mountain has reported movements of about 10-15 centimeters at some measuring points. There has been less precipitation than announced thought the movements are there due to lot of strong winds over mountain.

We have seen significant increase in movements last weeks due to heavy rainfall around. Now, the Meteorological Institute announced that Saturday will report heavy rain in the evening till 12 noon on Sunday, when rainfall had to go to slurry. Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) raised the danger level to Red for Veslemannen.

The mountains have reacted heavily to precipitation in recent weeks, with a significant increase in movements also in the lower part of Veslemannen in Romsdalen. The Meteorological Institute announced Saturday heavy rain in the evening and towards 12 noon on Sunday, when rainfall had to go to slurry. That is why the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) raised the danger level to Red for Veslemannen.

The movements of the night to Sunday led to a steep rise from the unstable mountain range.

“From the 4-5 time there has been a lot of rock jumping that has been registered by the Civil Defense and as we have seen the radar images, but it’s only pebbling,” says Blikra.

Maintains the danger level

The geologist says the reported precipitation means that the level of danger must be maintained until further notice.

“We have to maintain the danger level since it’s only now that we begin to see the effect of the rainfall,” he says.

NVE will not hold any press briefing on Sunday morning, as the danger forecast came so late Saturday night and people had not yet come into place. This means that the first orientation for the press will be at Trollveggen Visitor Center on Sunday afternoon at 18.

Evacuated for the sixth time this year

Increased danger level meant that eleven residents below the mountain The man for the sixth time this year had to be evacuated Saturday night. It is the 11th time since 2014 that people have been evacuated for fear of the Veslemannen going to rage out.

Veslemannen is a relatively small but very active part of the unstable mountain party, The man in Romsdalen. The annual movements in the man – except Veslemannen – are a few centimeters a year, while the most active part of Veslemannen has moved over 4.6 meters in the last month.

Veslemannen has a volume of 120,000-180,000 cubic meters, which accounts for around 1 percent of the total volume of the man.

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