A Seward Highway avalanche closed the road for much of the day Friday. It was between Bird Creek and the Portage turnoff. The avalanche severed the only road access between Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula for more than eight hours.
British Columbia is rolling out the artillery and bombs for avalanche bombing. There have been closures on some major roads for the first time in decades as the province grapples with record snowfall and rain.
The province uses helicopter avalanche bombing, remote-triggered explosives, and howitzers to keep roads open. But nonetheless critical routes to Vancouver are being disrupted by avalanche control.
An avalanche trapped bikers on Thursday, May 13. At about 6:30 pm Glacier National Park rangers responded to a report of three bikers who were trapped behind an avalanche near Triple Arches on Going-to-the-Sun Road.
Three bikers - a husband and wife along with a friend - traveling up the road encountered an avalanche across the road, turned around, and started back down. Soon after, they encountered a second avalanche in progress. The wife was ahead of her husband and friend and heard the avalanche. She warned her husband and friend to stop. The avalanche came down between them. So the avalanche trapped bikers - the woman’s husband and friend - on the uphill side.
There were 133 reports of avalanches in Iceland in 10 days.
No people have been injured as a result of the events, though one recent avalanche in Skagafjörður killed at least three horses and destroyed a shed. One avalanche on the Skarðsdalur skiing grounds in North Iceland caused significant damage to the facilities. A third near Eskifjörður, East Iceland, damaged a shooting range and appears to have damaged facilities in the area as well.
An Atal Tunnel avalanche occurred on the Manali-Leh highway but no loss of life or property damage was reported.
Due to the snowfall, traffic movement in Lahaul and Spiti came to a standstill. The residents of the Lahaul valley were cut off from the rest of the state after the road beyond the Solang valley towards Lahaul was blocked.
The members of the Military Emergency Unit found on Saturday morning the body of the second operator of a snowplow machine who disappeared after an avalanche on New Year’s Day in the port of San Isidro, which separates Asturias from León, according to reported by Cadena SER. The corpse of his partner was found on Friday night by a team of Asturian firefighters. The avalanche occurred in a mountain road in the council of Aller (Asturias) on the afternoon of January 1 and has led the Principality to activate level 2 of the regional emergency plan and request the help of the Military Emergency Unit (UME). A 46-year-old man who was circulating in the area was also injured, with his leg and several broken ribs, and had to be helped by some residents of the area who came when they learned of the accident.
Soldiers were working to clear snow off a road near a military base when an avalanche in Turkey hit them. The avalanche was in the country’s southeastern province of Hakkari, the Defense Ministry said.
Two soldiers were trapped in the avalanche. One of the soldiers was rescued and taken to the state hospital but did not survive. Hakkari’s governor said the soldier was seriously wounded and succumbed to his injuries despite all medical interventions.