The Preikestolen

Preikestolen or Prekestolen, often known as "The Pulpit Rock," "Pulpit," or "Preacher's Chair," is a popular tourist destination in Norway's Rogaland county. A precipitous cliff called Preikestolen rises 604 meters (1,982 feet) above Lysefjorden. There is an almost level top of the cliff that is around 25 by 25 meters (82 feet by 82 feet). Preikestolen is situated on the fjord's northern bank, close to its western portion.

Is there still time to see one of the most well-known tourist attractions in Norway? A concerning break in the well-known cliff near Stavanger may be enlarging, according to reports. Since the 1930s, scientists have been aware of the crack; a few years ago, bolts were inserted into the granite to allow for the monitoring of any changes.

Preikestolen is a famous hiking site that rises 604 meters above the Lysefjord and welcomed almost 300,000 tourists per year.

Geologists reported that the crack has grown in size for the first time in more than 20 years in May. Despite how little the rise was, it was still an increase.

There's no need to panic, according to experts. However, there will be a major rise in cliff research going forward. A thorough stability investigation will be made possible by 3D models, together with aerial video shot by a helicopter.

Preikestolen appears to be secure for the time being, although 32 more mountains in the southern fjord region are the subject of investigations by NGU.

According to their spokesperson, the mountains that are above water are of particular concern due to the possibility that a collapse could result in a tidal wave.

Although the crack is only growing a few millimeters, Norway faces a very serious possibility of mountain collapse. Approximately 2,000,000 cubic meters of rock fell into the Tafjord in 1934 from a mountain at a height of about 700 meters. 

The ensuing tsunami claimed the lives of 40 people who were living in communities along the fjord's shore. People who lived close to lakes in Sogn og Fjordane also perished in similar catastrophes. Bolgen, which was released in English as The Wave in 2015, dramatized a potential repetition.


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