Avalanche in slo-mo

Well, it looks like slo-mo, but in reality this avalanche is just speed-challenged. It roared down toward a village in Passeier Valley (Italy’s South Tyrol region) at such a stately rate that all 25 locals were able to evacuate in time.

One of them subsequently took this footage of the avalanche from a vantage point on the opposite slope, and it’s fascinating. The relentless push of the snow reminds me of a tsunami, where the danger isn’t so much from the height of the wave as it is from the power behind it. This thing goes on, and on, and on, snapping large trees along the way and making one very glad the villagers were watching from a safe distance.

Also in the South Tyrol was this rockfall, which sent ginormous boulders through a vineyard and house. The video is of the aftermath, which is eye-opening. One suspects these rocks, unlike the avalanche, did not fall in slow motion.

(Second video via TYWKIWDBI.)


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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2 Responses to Avalanche in slo-mo

  1. Cathy White says:

    Utterly remorseless, and as you say, stately. It was on the second viewing I realised there were still people in the village watching. They seemed very close to the path of the avalanche, and as it was flowing down the road there didn’t seem to be an obvious escape route

    • oregon expat says:

      There were people?? [goes to look a second time]

      Oh, yes, exiting the second house. Wow, I didn’t see them the first time around. And you’re right, it doesn’t look like their car is going anywhere for a while.

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