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Dog found alive raises hopes in deadly Norway landslide

Ask, a village of 5,000 people, was hit on December 30 by the worst landslide in modern Norwegian history.

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Rescue workers at the site of the landslide in Ask (Terje Pedersen/NTB/AP)

Rescue workers at the site of the landslide in Ask (Terje Pedersen/NTB/AP)

Rescue workers at the site of the landslide in Ask (Terje Pedersen/NTB/AP)

A small dog has been found alive in the rubble of the deadly landslide that carried away homes in a Norwegian village, raising hopes for rescuers who are still searching for three missing people.

Seven others have died.

The dog was found late on Monday “in good condition” in an area where rescuers had been working, said police spokesman Ivar Myrboe.

“It is a joy for us and gives motivation to further work hard,” said rescuer Goeran Syversen.

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The exact cause of the landslide is not yet known (Terje Pedersen/NTB/AP)

The exact cause of the landslide is not yet known (Terje Pedersen/NTB/AP)

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The exact cause of the landslide is not yet known (Terje Pedersen/NTB/AP)

But just before midday on Tuesday, a smaller landslide forced rescuers to evacuate the site in the village of Ask, 16 miles north east of Oslo. No one was injured, police said.

Rescuer Kenneth Wangen said the landslide was “not dramatic”, adding they were warned by drones and other rescuers. They are waiting for an assessment from geologists before continuing the search.

Search teams with dogs went through the rubble in below-freezing temperatures while helicopters and drones with heat-detecting cameras flew over the ravaged hillside.

The village of 5,000 was hit on December 30 by the worst landslide in modern Norwegian history, which destroyed at least nine buildings with more than 30 flats. At least 1,000 people were evacuated.

Some buildings are now hanging on the edge of a deep ravine, which grew to be 2,300ft long and 1,000ft wide.

The exact cause of the landslide is not yet known but the area has a lot of quick clay, which can change from solid to liquid form.

Experts said the quick clay, combined with excessive precipitation and damp winter weather, may have contributed to the landslide.

In 2005, Norwegian authorities warned people not to construct residential buildings in the area, saying it was “a high-risk zone” for landslides, but houses were eventually built there later in the decade.

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