Avalanche Kills One In Arctic Archipelago Of Svalbard

Norwegian officials have confirmed the death of at least one person following an avalanche on the remote Arctic Sea island of Svalbard.

At least one person, a man, has been confirmed as dead after an avalanche on the remote Arctic island of Svalbard.

The governor of Svalbard, in a statement, says the body was found 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) south of the archipelago’s main town, Longyearbyen. His identity, age and citizenship were not immediately released.

A large avalanche on Saturday swept through a valley known for being a local thoroughfare between two fjords. The governor’s statement said 18 people and a dog took part in the search efforts despite the risks of more avalanches in the area.

The Svalbard archipelago sits more than 800 kilometers (500 miles) north of the mainland. It is known for its stunning views of snow-covered mountains, fjords and glaciers.

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