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On ‘Vei 230’ street in Longyearbyen (Svalbard), flowers and candles are placed in the snow to commemorate the victims of an avalanche which destroyed nine homes and claimed two lives. On December 19 2015 at around 11am, more than 5000 tons of snow tumbled down towards the town, moved many houses off their foundations, flipped cars, and buried residents under several meters of snow. The avalanche took place the day after a massive storm hit the Arctic archipelago. It was the fiercest ever recorded in Svalbard, with winds reaching 100 kph. Today, calm has regained the area, families celebrate Christmas but the area beneath Sukkertoppen has been evacuated and the snow cover remains under watch.