10 injured as landslide destroys homes in Norwegian village

A car stops at the edge of a cliff after a landslide occurred in a residential area in Ask, near Oslo

A landslide has smashed into a residential area near the Norwegian capital, injuring at least 10 people, leaving 21 unaccounted for and destroying several homes, authorities said.

Some 700 people were evacuated amid fears of further landslides.

Norwegian police were alerted at 4am local time to the slide in the village of Ask, in the municipality of Gjerdrum, some 20 kilometres (12 miles) north east of Oslo.

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Candles are placed on the snow in Gjerdrum on January 1, 2021, in tribute to the victims of a landslide in Ask. - Rescuers on January 1, 2021 found a dead body and continued searching for nine other people, including a toddler and a 13-year-old, still missing days after a mudslide destroyed homes in a Norwegian village, the authorities said. An entire hillside collapsed in Ask, 25 kilometres (15 miles) northeast of the capital Oslo overnight on December 29, burying homes or breaking them apart. (Photo by Jil Yngland / NTB / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo by JIL YNGLAND/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)
Several homes lay destroyed, razed by a landslide in the Gjerdrum municipality near Ask, Norway, Thursday Dec. 31, 2020. A major landslide hit the area on Wednesday, sweeping away several houses. (Fredrik Hagen / NTB via AP)
Candles are placed on the snow in Gjerdrum on January 1, 2021, in tribute to the victims of a landslide in Ask. - Rescuers on January 1, 2021 found a dead body and continued searching for nine other people, including a toddler and a 13-year-old, still missing days after a mudslide destroyed homes in a Norwegian village, the authorities said. An entire hillside collapsed in Ask, 25 kilometres (15 miles) northeast of the capital Oslo overnight on December 29, burying homes or breaking them apart. (Photo by Jil Yngland / NTB / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo by JIL YNGLAND/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)
In this photo provided by The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate, an areal view of the landslide area as rescue crews are working to find possible survivors at Ask in Gjerdrum municipality, Norway, Friday Jan. 1, 2021, where several homes were taken by the avalanche and more than 1,000 people have been evacuated. Rescue workers in Norway continue searching for 10 people, including children, who are still missing after a massive landslide struck a residential area near the capital. (Jaran Wasrud / The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate/NTB via AP)
Candles are placed on the snow in Gjerdrum on January 1, 2021, in tribute to the victims of a landslide in Ask. - Rescuers on January 1, 2021 found a dead body and continued searching for nine other people, including a toddler and a 13-year-old, still missing days after a mudslide destroyed homes in a Norwegian village, the authorities said. An entire hillside collapsed in Ask, 25 kilometres (15 miles) northeast of the capital Oslo overnight on December 29, burying homes or breaking them apart. (Photo by Jil Yngland / NTB / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo by JIL YNGLAND/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A helicopter of the police is seen next to a destroyed house in a crater left behind by a landslide in the town of Ask, Gjerdrum county, some 40 km northeast of the capital Oslo, on December 31, 2020. - A major landslide destroyed homes overnight to December 30, 2020 in the village of Ask in Norway close to the capital Oslo, leaving 10 people missing. (Photo by Fredrik Hagen / NTB / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo by FREDRIK HAGEN/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)
A mobile bridge from the Norwegian Armed Forces is prepared for use in rescue work, as rescue crews search for possible survivors after a landslide at Ask in Gjerdrum municipality, Norway, Friday Jan. 1, 2021, where several homes were taken by the avalanche and more than 1,000 people have been evacuated. Rescue workers in Norway continue searching for 10 people, including children, who are still missing after a massive landslide struck a residential area near the capital. (Terje Bendiksby / NTB via AP)
The scene after a landslide occurred in a residential area in Ask, near Oslo, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. Several houses have been destroyed, up to 200 people have been evacuated and nine injured in Norway in a landslide at a residential area near the capital Oslo. Norwegian police were alarmed around 4 am Wednesday that a landslide had occured in the village of Ask in the municipality of Gjerdrum, some thirty kilometers (12 miles) north of Oslo. (Fredrik Hagen/NTB via AP)
Rescue personnel arrive at the site where a landslide occurred in a residential area in Ask, near Oslo, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. Several houses have been destroyed, up to 200 people have been evacuated and nine injured in Norway in a landslide at a residential area near the capital Oslo. Norwegian police were alarmed around 4 am Wednesday that a landslide had occured in the village of Ask in the municipality of Gjerdrum, some thirty kilometers (12 miles) north of Oslo. (Terje Bendiksby/NTB via AP)
Some houses remain standing while others are seen damaged after a landslide occurred in a residential area in Ask, near Oslo, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. Several houses have been destroyed, up to 200 people have been evacuated and nine injured in Norway in a landslide at a residential area near the capital Oslo. Norwegian police were alarmed around 4 am Wednesday that a landslide had occured in the village of Ask in the municipality of Gjerdrum, some thirty kilometers (12 miles) north of Oslo. (Fredrik Hagen/NTB via AP)
TOPSHOT - A car has stopped were the road has been swept away by a landslide in the town of Ask, Gjerdrum county, some 40 km northeast of the Norwegian capital Oslo, on December 30, 2020. - Several houses were taken by a landslide in the early hours of December 30, several injured were taken to hospital for treatment and yet more people are listed as missing as the rescue mission continues. (Photo by Fredrik Hagen / NTB / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo by FREDRIK HAGEN/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)
A rescue helicopter flies above debris from destroyed houses seen in a ravine created by a landslide in the town of Ask, Gjerdrum county, some 40 km northeast of the Norwegian capital Oslo, on December 30, 2020. - Several houses were taken by a landslide in the early hours of December 30, several injured were taken to hospital for treatment and yet more people are listed as missing as the rescue mission continues. (Photo by Fredrik Hagen / NTB / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo by FREDRIK HAGEN/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)
A car stops in front of a major landslide which destroyed homes overnight in Gjerdrum, near Oslo, leaving at least 11 people unaccounted for and 10 injured, on December 30, 2020. - Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who travelled to the village of around 1,000 people on December 30, described the landslide as "one of the largest" the country had seen. (Photo by Jil Yngland / NTB / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo by JIL YNGLAND/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)
A person is lowered from a rescue helicopter near the site where a big landslide hit a residential area in the village Ask, some 40 km north of Oslo. Authorities say a landslide smashed into a residential area near the Norwegian capital, injuring at least 10 people and leaving 21 unaccounted for. Some 700 people have been evacuated amid fears of further landslides. (Jil Yngland/NTB via AP)
TOPSHOT - Rescue workers with a dog search the area on January 2, 2021 following the landslide that hit a residential area in Ask in Gjerdrum during Christmas. - Several homes have been taken by the avalanche, several people have been missing and one person has been confirmed dead. More than 1,000 people in the area have been evacuated. (Photo by Tor Erik Schroeder / NTB / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo by TOR ERIK SCHROEDER/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)
Rescue workers with a drone search the area on January 2, 2021 following the landslide that hit a residential area in Ask in Gjerdrum during Christmas. - Several homes have been taken by the avalanche, several people have been missing and one person has been confirmed dead. More than 1,000 people in the area have been evacuated. (Photo by Tor Erik Schroeder / NTB / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo by TOR ERIK SCHROEDER/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)
Destroyed houses are seen in a crater left behind by a landslide in the town of Ask, Gjerdrum county, some 40 km northeast of the capital Oslo on January 2, 2021 following the landslide that hit a residential area in Ask in Gjerdrum during Christmas. - Several homes have been taken by the avalanche, several people have been missing and one person has been confirmed dead. More than 1,000 people in the area have been evacuated. (Photo by Haakon Mosvold Larsen / NTB / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo by HAAKON MOSVOLD LARSEN/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)
An air ambulance helicopter is seen near the landslide area in Ask, Gjerdrum county, on January 1, 2021, a few days after a landslide. - More than 20 people were unaccounted for, ten injured and some 500 evacuated on December 30 after a nightime landslide in a small Norwegian town north of Oslo, police and local media said. Several houses were swept away in Gjerdrum, home to 5,000 people 25 kilometres northeast of the capital, in the early hours of December 30. (Photo by Fredrik Hagen / NTB / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo by FREDRIK HAGEN/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)
Rescue workers are seen in the crater left behind by a landslide in the town of Ask, Gjerdrum county, some 40 km northeast of the capital Oslo, Norway, on January 1, 2021. - A major landslide destroyed homes overnight to December 30, 2020 in the village of Ask in Norway close to the capital Oslo, leaving 10 people missing (Photo by Terje Bendiksby / NTB / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo by TERJE BENDIKSBY/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)
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The landslide cut across a road through Ask, leaving a deep ravine that cars could not pass.

Video footage showed dramatic scenes, including one house falling into the ravine.

Photos showed at least eight homes destroyed.

Police spokesman Roger Pettersen told Norwegian media there were no reports of missing, but officials could not rule out the possibility of people in collapsed buildings.

He said some 21 people registered to live in the area are unaccounted for.

"The 21 people may have evacuated themselves but may also still be in the landslide area," Mr Pettersen told news agency NTB.

One of the injured was seriously hurt, while nine had lighter injuries.

Some houses remain standing while others are seen damaged after a landslide occurred in a residential area in Ask, near Oslo
Some houses remain standing while others are damaged after the landslide (Fredrik Hagen/NTB via AP)

Weather at the time was reported to be challenging, with snow and full winter conditions.

Ask is home to some 5,000 people.

Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg tweeted: "It hurts to see how the forces of nature have ravaged Gjerdrum. My thoughts go to all those affected by the landslide. Now it is important that the emergency services get their job done."

In a separate statement, she called the disaster "probably one of the biggest landslides we have had, and with the biggest consequences".

The area where Ask is located is known for having a lot of so-called quick clay, a form of clay that can change from solid to liquid form.

There have been previous landslides reported there.

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