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Location: The small village of Montroc in the Chamonix valleyDate: 9th February 1999Causes: January of 1999 saw very cold ...
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Montroc avalanche case study

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  1. 1. Location: The small village of Montroc in the Chamonix valleyDate: 9th February 1999Causes: January of 1999 saw very cold and dry conditions with verylittle snow creating a weak base for future snow. In February, 3 daysof heavy snow and strong winds dumped over 2 metres of snow onthe slopes above Montroc.Slopes above Montroc were over 35°Slab avalanche travelling at 60mph brought 300,000m³ of snow towards MontrocImpacts: 14 buildings were destroyed and 6 damaged12 people were killedMontroc was cut off and only accessible by airThe mayor of Chamonix was found guilty of second degree murder for failing to evacuateMontoc in advanceResponses: Sniffer dogs, heat seeking cameras and poles used to rescue 20 peopleHelicopters used their propellers to dislodge snow to reduce to reduce the risk of furtheravalanches
  2. 2. Sourceshttp://pistehors.com/backcountry/wiki/Articles/Montroc-Avalanchehttp://lhe.epfl.ch/recherche/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14%3Aavalanches-de-fluide&catid=15%3Adynamique-des-avalanches&Itemid=10&lang=enhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IoWnbDmiYQ

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