Due to mining, the land around Kiruna is collapsing, and the northern Swedish town is in danger. It is now being moved three kilometers to the east. Read more about the move and watch the video.
Kiruna sinks into the ground
The northern Swedish town of Kiruna is right next to the largest iron ore mine in the world, and the company that operates the mine is not going to reduce excavation work. The buildings of the city are suffering the consequences.
The iron ore is beneath the city, and every time a new corridor is blown out, cracks of meters wide in the ground arise that threaten to swallow Kiruna. The entire city will therefore be moved three kilometers to the east for the next 20 to 30 years, where Nya Kiruna (New Kiruna) will rise.
Kiruna is moved building by building
The mining town will gradually become smaller, as these animated satellite photos show:
Kiruna in 2015: The city is right next to the mine (bottom left). The area immediately west of the city was evacuated as early as the 1970s, when the first cracks appeared.
Kiruna in 2033: Large parts of the current city have been replaced by a nature reserve. The station and town hall have thus been given a new place.
Kiruna in 2100: Mining is at its peak. Most of the current Kiruna has been relocated, and nature has been given free rein.
Nya Kiruna: This is the image the engineers have of Nya Kiruna, which will slowly grow around the town hall. The original tower of the town hall is reused.
18,000 people have to move
The 18,000 residents of Kiruna must have and keep their entire relocation. Read the whole story about the huge project: