There was an avalanche that hit earleir today, in the western region of the country. More specifically, it hit the Retezat Mountains, which is an area popular for hiking and various winter sports. Officials reported an increase in the amount of snowfall this past winter season. The snow this year has been far more than just an increase though, it was extre,e in comparison to the past (photo in the second link), leading to today’s avalanche. Local officials warned the population that there was a high risk for an avalanche due to the inceased snow. Two teens either didn’t hear the warning or didn’t heed it and were caught in the fall. It was unclear what they were doing there, either skiiing or hiking, but the rescue workers pulled them out of the wreckage. Emergency situations chief Raed Arafat was the one to relay all this information to the Associated Press in the aftermath of the tragedy. Arafat mentioned that the conditions were too bad for even a helicopter to arrive safely in the affected area.
- Students were taking ski and climbing lessons as part of a mountaineering group
- Thirty-two students and teachers were able to safely get down from the slope
Tokyo (CNN)Seven high school students and a teacher are feared dead after being caught in an avalanche at a Japanese ski resort Monday, according to local police.
Another avalanche occurred at the ski resort in Tinges, France this morning. This is the second avalanche another avalanche occurred last month at the same ski resort and killed 4 people. Luckily no one was killed this time even though the avalanche passed through a blue intermediate slope that is popular for families. Some people were buried by the avalanche but they were rescued. The avalanche risk posted that morning was a 4 out 5.
Winter Storm Leo has made its way to the midwest, where it has claimed the life of a driver in Iowa, due to the very treacherous road conditions. Many car accidents have been caused by this storm across Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota because of the heavy amounts of snowfall. The snow also caused more problems for roads due to an avalanche in the Sierra Nevadas, not far from lake Tahoe. Two cars were hit by the avalanche, but no one was injured; although injuries from the high number of accidents is certainly being considered by schools and government offices that are considering closing due to the storm.