Avalanche hits western Romania



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.

7 students, teacher feared dead in Japan avalanche

Firefighters carry a survivor from the site of an avalanche at Mount Nasu, Japan, on Monday.

Story highlights

  • 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.

Poor weather conditions initially hampered efforts by rescue crews to reach the Nasu Onsen Family Ski Area, a small ski slope on the side of Mount Nasu in Tochigi Prefecture, about 200 kilometers north of Tokyo.
The students were part of a mountaineering club and had reportedly been taking part in a climbing event when local police received a call about the avalanche at 9:20 a.m. local time, according to local officials.
Sixty-two teachers and students were participating in the climbing lesson and 48 of them were in the area where the avalanche happened, police told CNN.
Forty people were hurt, including two who sustained serious injuries.
Thirty-two students and teachers were able to safely get down from the slope, the fire department spokesman said.

Rescue team members climb the mountain at Nasu Onsen Family Ski Resort.

Over a foot of snow fell in the Nasu highlands region between Sunday night and Monday morning, according to data supplied by the Japan Meteorological Agency.
The agency had issued an avalanche advisory warning for the region, after recent warm weather raised the risk. Snow showers are predicted to continue through Monday and into Tuesday.

Rescue efforts are being hampered by heavy snowfall.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe commented on the disaster at a parliamentary session Monday, according to local media. He said that the government would “make every effort to respond to the disaster, while making it a top priority to rescue victims.”
Police initially reported that eight students were feared dead, citing a witness on the ground, but have since revised their estimate.
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/27/asia/japan-avalanche-students/

Avalanche in Tinges, France

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.

Tignes ski resort. The avalanche swept across the Val Claret area near the Tichot ski lift.

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Winter Storm Leo Strikes the Midwest

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.