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Avalanche Danger: Homes, Factory Evacuated

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Avalanche Danger: Homes, Factory Evacuated

Seyðisfjörður.

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Considerable danger of avalanches in East Iceland has led to evacuations in the town of Seyðisfjörður, RÚV reports. The Síldarvinnslan fish processing plant was evacuated yesterday evening as docking and processing were beginning. Homes located under Strandartindur mountain have also been evacuated due to the danger.

Seyðisfjörður is located in a narrow fjord and surrounded by peaks topping 1,000 metres (3,280 feet). Heavy rain in the area increases the danger of avalanches.

Other towns in the area, including Neskaupsstaður and Reyðarfjörður, face considerable danger of avalanches as well. The Icelandic Met Office will continue to monitor conditions in the area closely.

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