A large, remotely triggered Hatcher Pass avalanche covered the road around 12 p.m. on Friday. Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center posted photos of the avalanche. They said that the road would likely be closed at the Gold Mint parking lot. The avalanche did not involve any people.
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.
Two backcountry snowboarders who allegedly triggered a snow avalanche near the Eisenhower Tunnel last March are now responding with a first-of-its-kind court motion.
Evan Hannibal and Tyler DeWitt are being charged with a single misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment and are being ordered to pay $168,000 in restitution. However, the pair is claiming the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) violated their Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights.
A snow avalanche on the Manali-Atal tunnel highway beyond Solang valley blocked the highway for nearly one hour on Sunday evening. Border Roads Organisation (BRO) cleared the avalanche debris, after which the highway was opened. Fortunately, there was no vehicular movement when the avalanche hit the highway.
Four persons traveling in a Xylo car on their way to Kargil from Sonamarg had a narrow escape when their vehicle came under a massive avalanche near India Gate on Zojila Pass on Saturday.
The BRO on Sunday rescued the passengers. Vehicles were also evacuated and the road was opened for traffic later.