Avalanches are a threat to many countries in the world Including America, Asia, Australia but avalanches in Europe are the most common, the top 4 countries receive the most avalanches:
The most well-known country to receive avalanches is probably Switzerland, not only because of many disasters but also because of the extensive snow avalanche research that has been performed for more than 60 years.
Statistics from Switzerland indicate that about 25 people per year are killed in snow avalanche accidents, and about twenty living houses are damaged each year on average.
Nearly 100 other kinds of buildings are affected each year, several roads are closed each winter.
Switzerland uses SFR 26 million (ECU 15 million) per year in research and snow avalanche protection.
The most serious avalanche winter in the Alps in this century was in the winter of 1950/51. In Switzerland, 100 people were killed
It’s common that most skiers do not wear the right amount of avy gear, standardly known as an Avalanche Safety Kit, you should always carry a Transceiver, Shovel & Probe as well as a small bandaid size Recco Detector.
In Austria, snow avalanches are a major natural hazard. Every year, Austrian society spends about 1 200 million Austrian Shillings on avalanche and torrent control, and 250–300 million Austrian Shillings on snow avalanche control.
Like in Switzerland, 20–25 persons are killed by avalanches on a yearly basis. Most of these are ski tourists.
Another catastrophic winter occurred in 1954 when 143 people were killed in Austria, most of them in Vorarlberg.
In 1970, an avalanche crashed down on a ski resort in Val d’Isere, France, killing 42 people, mostly young skiers. This disaster was the worst Avalanche in French history.
The resort at Val d’Isere was operated by a nonprofit youth organization and attracted many young ski enthusiasts.
approximately 100,000 cubic yards of snow came rushing down the mountain into a hotel and Thirty-nine people inside the hotel lost their lives to the avalanche and 60 more suffered serious injuries.
Other countries to receive deadly avalanches are Spain, Russia, Iceland, Sweden and Norway.
In Iceland, another heavily affected country, 64 people have been killed in snow avalanches and slush floods since 1974, two people per year on average.
In Norway, about five people are killed every year in snow avalanches. Major avalanche winters seem to occur every thirteen years on average. ten to twenty persons are killed.
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