VIDEO: NVE boss says new disaster movie is realistic

VIDEO: NVE boss says new disaster movie is realistic
Chief Geologist in NVE (Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate), Lars Harald Blikra, believes the 80-meter high tsunami that is portrayed in the new Norwegian disaster movie "The wave" is realistic and may very well occur in reality.

"The Wave" is an epic Scandinavian disaster movie based on true events. The film is directed by Norwegian director Roar Uthaug and produced by the Norwegian company FanteFilm Fiksjon who in current years has established themselves as the production company of large scale Scandinavian genre films.

It is based on real predictions of a natural disaster, based on events from 80 years ago when a number of villages in Norway were hit by a huge tsunami after a mountainside collapsed in the fjords. Geologists say that it is just a matter of time before it happens again.

Starring Kristoffer Joner and Ane Dahl Torp, The Wave begins just prior to the incident in the present day and focuses on an experienced geologist who has less than 10 minutes to react when the alarm goes off.

Calculations show that the mountain will eventually fall, and a tsunami up to 80 meters high may occur in the fjord, with the risk of wiping out both Geiranger, Sykkylven and Stranda in Møre and Romsdal.

Many have been critical of the film and believed that it should not have been made.

Having been at the premiere at the film festival in Haugesund on Sunday, the mayor of Stranda, Jan Ove Tryggestad, advises people to watch it, but warns against strong content.

- We who live along the fjord know that landslides have affected us and will influence us. This is something we have to live with. We must build a good network and preparedness, says Tryggestad.

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