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Avalanch alert



Warning for HIGH avalanch risk
Update according to evaluations made in Longyearbyen tuesday morning.

On tuesday 21.February a HIGH risk for avalanch- danger grade 4- on Svalbard (region Nordenskioldland)


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Foxes did not have rabies

The two dead foxes that were found in the Hornsund area during the start of September have testet negative for rabies.

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Rabies confirmed in three foxes

Rabies has been detected in three new, dead foxes. The animals were found in Ebeltofthamna in Krossfjorden, by Heleysundet between Barentsøya and Spitsbergen and at Vindodden.

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Important information for reindeer hunters

Because rabies has been detected in a Svalbard reindeer, the Governor conveys advice which the Norwegian Food Safety Authority and the Governor has received from the Norwegian Directorate of Health, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Norwegian Veterinary Institute. The advice is targeted at hunters who plan to hunt for reindeer or to have other forms of contact with game, and gives direction on precautionary measures.

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"Meloria" discontinues its voyage

The sailboat «Meloria», which broke down close to Sørkapp last Thursday, has been deemed not seaworthy by the Norwegian Maritime Authority. The boat will not be able to continue its voyage.

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Polar bear incident on Phipps Island still under investigation

The Governor of Svalbard is still investigating the polar bear incident on the Sjuøyane Islands in the morning of Saturday 28 July. The islands are located in the northern part of the Svalbard archipelago. – We have ascertained some of the facts and are piecing together what happened, says Ole Jakob Malmo, police superintendent at the Governor’s office.

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Rabies-infected reindeer outside Ny-Ålesund

Rabies has been found in a sick female reindeer shot by the Governor on 16 July on the Brøggerhalvøya peninsula, 7-8 km outside of Ny-Ålesund.

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Boat accident in Barentsburg: all seriously injured are now brought to Longyearbyen

Nineteen of those injured on the catamaran Aurora Explorer are now transported to Longyearbyen by helicopter. No one is life threateningly injured. 

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Catamaran crashed into the dock in Barentsburg

At approximately 10:15 Sunday morning, the Governor received information that a catamaran had crashed into the dock at Barentsburg. A number of people were injured as a result of the crash.

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Keep distance to polar bears

A polar bear is currently feeding on a whale carcass which has drifted ashore at Deltaneset. The Governor would like to remind all parties concerned that Article 30 of the Svalbard Environment Protection Act prohibits approaching polar bears in such a way that they may be disturbed, or that humans or bears may be endangered. The Governor's field inspectors are monitoring the situation.

The road between the old museum and Huset is closed

There has been a landslide over the road by the churchyard i Longyearbyen. Road 300 between the old museum and Huset is therefore closed for all traffic. This also includes both sides of the road.