Norway Landslide – level 3
A dog was rescued by a helicopter after surviving a massive landslide that swept eight homes into the sea in Alta, Norway. The landslide was the largest that the area ever witnessed, measuring 2,100 feet in width and up to 492 feet in height.
A local resident filmed the landslide, and he said that he ran for his life when he realized what was happening. Despite serious damage to the homes, no injuries were reported. Many of the buildings were holiday homes, and they were unoccupied at the time of the disaster.
Officials say that landslides of this scale happen every one or two years in Norway. However, in Alta, there had never been such a big slide. The Alta area, which is located in Norway’s northernmost county, is known for its forests, coastal landscapes, and Northern Lights.
Difficult words: landslide (when a mass of earth or rock slide down a mountain or cliff), scale (a set of numbers or amounts that is used to compare the level of something), Northern Lights (colored lights in the sky that can be seen at night in extreme northern parts of the world).
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