An avalanche slab swamps an hotel in the Gran Sasso massif
An avalanche slab swamps an hotel in the Gran Sasso massif

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17:00 Jan 18 2017 65010 Farindola PE, Italy

An avalanche slab swamps an hotel in the Gran Sasso massif An avalanche slab swamps an hotel in the Gran Sasso massif An avalanche slab swamps an hotel in the Gran Sasso massif An avalanche slab swamps an hotel in the Gran Sasso massif An avalanche slab swamps an hotel in the Gran Sasso massif An avalanche slab swamps an hotel in the Gran Sasso massif An avalanche slab swamps an hotel in the Gran Sasso massif An avalanche slab swamps an hotel in the Gran Sasso massif An avalanche slab swamps an hotel in the Gran Sasso massif An avalanche slab swamps an hotel in the Gran Sasso massif
Description

An avalanche has partially trapped an hotel that resides at the bottom of the mountain chain of Gran Sasso in its south-east end side. Rescuers are slowed by a snow storm that is currently striking that area. Twenty-four people were accommodated there together with twelve workers which cannot be contacted so far.
It is not confirmed if one of the four earthquake which affected the center of Italy near Gran Sasso caused the trigger of this avalanche.


Additional Data
Activity: Other
Massif: Gran Sasso
Region Name: Abruzzo
Incident Aspect: UNKNOWN
Passage: Unknown
BURIED: 33
INJURIED: 2
FATALITIES: 5
Burial Time: more 5h
Avalanche Trigger: NATURAL
Avalanche Path: Unknown

Credibility: UP DOWN 0
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Geoavalanche Administrator (Jan 19 2017)
Rescuers from Guardia Finanza and CNSAS arrived to scene. It is reported but not confirmed that the avalanche would have been very big. Rescuers have also confirmed that there are deaths.
Geoavalanche Administrator (Jan 20 2017)
First survivors from the ruins of the Rigopiano Hotel has been dug out alive in good conditions. It is reported a number of more five people alive which have been found but not brought to the surface.
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