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31 December 2020 / The Independent / Peter Stubley

Ten injured and 21 missing after landslide destroys houses near Oslo

Gjerdrum, Viken, Norway

The tide of mud and clay destroyed as many as 14 houses in Ask in the municipality of Gjerdrum, some 30km north of Oslo. Hundreds were evacuated and police said 21 people living in the affected area were still unaccounted for. The landslide area is known for its "quick clay", a form of clay that can behave more like a liquid than a solid when disturbed. It is thought heavy rain in recent days may have caused the soil to shift.

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