A devastating avalanche in October 1995 killled 20 people, a significant fraction of Flateyri's approx. 300 inhabitants, in one of the worst natural disasters in modern Iceland. The large ridges, more than 10 m tall, were built after the catastrophe to deflect future avalanches and protect the village.
Near Ísafjörður (Isafjordur), in Vestfirðir (Westfjords), Iceland
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