photo sharing and upload picture albums photo forums search pictures popular photos photography help login
Jakob Ehrensvärd | profile | all galleries >> Nature >> Hurricane "Gudrun" tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Hurricane "Gudrun"

A devastating hurricane, at least by European standards, hit northern Europe, including the southern parts of Sweden between 8 and 9 January 2005. In Sweden, at least 15 people have been killed as a direct consequence of the hurricane. Severe damage struck the forests and parts of the infrastructure, where a conservative estimation gives that at least 40 million cubic meters of timber was destroyed, which equals more than five years of normal harvest.

The hurricane surely showed the vulnerability of the modern society. The busiest rail trunk through central Sweden was closed for a week to restore damages and get away trees. Further,
it took months before all fixed-line telephones and power were fully restored.

Apart from the cost of the lost and destroyed timber, restoration of the infrastructure hit costs of at least SEK 1bn.
LC4S0280.jpg LC4S0261.jpg LC4S0484.jpg LC4S0267.jpg
LC4S0253.jpg LC4S0272.jpg LC4S0449.jpg LC4S0265.jpg
LC4S0460.jpg LC4S0480.jpg LC4S0477.jpg LC4S0262.jpg
LC4S0444.jpg LC4S0476.jpg LC4S0259.jpg LC4S0455.jpg