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Soldier Rescued From Avalanche Dies in Hospital

He had been buried under at least 35 feet of snow

(Newser) - An Indian army soldier rescued after six days buried under deep snow by an enormous avalanche in the Himalayan region of Kashmir died Thursday in a hospital in the Indian capital. Hanamanthappa Koppad died with worsening dysfunction in multiple organs after being hospitalized in extremely critical condition, army spokesman Col.... More »

Soldier Buried in Avalanche Found Alive 5 Days Later

His survival is being called a 'miracle'

(Newser) - Last Wednesday, an avalanche hit an Indian army base in Kashmir, burying 10 soldiers under 30 feet of ice and snow, the Wall Street Journal reports. Five days later, one soldier was miraculously found alive. The base—nearly 20,000 feet above sea level—was struck after a 320,000-square-foot... More »

'Massive' Avalanche Kills 5 Skiers in Austrian Alps

Two others were injured

(Newser) - Police in Austria say five people were killed Saturday when a "massive" avalanche in the Austrian Alps struck skiers from the Czech Republic taking part in a freeriding camp, the AP reports. Two other skiers were injured and 10 were rescued unharmed, Tirol police spokesperson Helmut Schuetz said. He... More »

5 Snowmobilers Die in Massive Avalanche

BC disaster may have been triggered by human activity

(Newser) - At least five people were killed when a massive and apparently human-caused avalanche hit a group of snowmobilers in BC on Friday. At least one other person was hospitalized after the avalanche near the town of McBride at around 1:30pm. A spokesman for the Avalanche Canada warning group tells... More »

2 Kids, Tourist Killed, More Missing in Alps Avalanche

A tourist was also killed Wednesday in the French Alps

(Newser) - Three people—including two children—were killed in an avalanche in the French Alps on Wednesday, and five more children are still missing, the BBC reports. The two children killed, one of whom is reportedly a 14-year-old boy, were part of a group of nine students accompanied by a teacher,... More »

Humans Failed to Conquer Everest in 2015

And more people died on the mountain last year than in any other year

(Newser) - For the first time in 41 years, not a single person stood on the summit of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak at 29,029 feet, during an entire calendar year. But that's not even close to the worst of what 2015 brought, as famed climber Alan Arnette... More »

Brothers Believe Each Other Killed in Colorado Avalanche

But both were 'extremely fortunate' to survive

(Newser) - Two brothers got a major pre-Thanksgiving scare when they both believed the other to have died in an avalanche while skiing the Colorado backcountry Wednesday, 9News reports. Alex Holmes, 27, was watching as his brother Brian, 26, triggered an avalanche and was hit by the wave of snow. According to... More »

Weird: Playing Sudoku Triggers Man's Seizures

It's connected to his survival of an avalanche

(Newser) - A 25-year-old German skier survived an avalanche that buried him without oxygen for 15 minutes, thanks in no small part to his paramedic ski buddy, who rescued him and started CPR immediately. But the lack of oxygen to his body tissues and brain (called hypoxia) took a toll, notes Live... More »

Nepal Won't Close Everest; Sherpas, Firms Won't Go Up

Country desperate to keep its main tourism stream flowing

(Newser) - Just a week or so after Nepal's deadly avalanche and earthquake that killed at least 7,250 people , a debate is growing between those who want the mountain to remain open for climbers and those who think it's not worth the risk. A Nepal government spokesman, cognizant of... More »

Google Exec Among the Dead on Everest

Dan Fredinburg suffered a head injury, his sister confirms

(Newser) - One of the Everest victims has been revealed as Google exec Dan Fredinburg. His sister today confirmed in posts to his Twitter and Instagram accounts that he died after suffering a head injury in the avalanche triggered by the Nepal quake. Fredinburg's LinkedIn profile lists three roles held at... More »

A Shaken Everest Sees Its 2nd Deadliest Day

At least 10 killed after Nepal quake triggers avalanche

(Newser) - Amid the sea of casualties in today's quake in Nepal are at least 10 that are garnering headlines of their own because of where tragedy befell them: on Everest. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake, the strongest to hit Nepal in more than eight decades, triggered a deadly avalanche in the... More »

3 Dead, 7 Missing After Avalanche Near Plane Crash

Skiers are swept away in French Alps

(Newser) - Another tragedy in the same mountain range where the Germanwings plane went down: Three people are dead, one is critically injured, and seven others are missing after an avalanche in the French Alps swept away a group of skiers, reports CNN . The avalanche occurred around Alpine Ecrins National Park in... More »

At Least 108 Dead in Afghanistan Avalanches

Heavy snow storm triggers deadly series of avalanches north of Kabul

(Newser) - Avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow killed at least 108 people in northeastern Afghanistan, an emergency official said today, as rescuers clawed through debris with their hands to save those buried beneath. The avalanches buried homes across four northeast provinces, killing those beneath, says Mohammad Aslam Syas, the deputy... More »

2 US Ski Team Prospects Killed in Alps Avalanche

Ronnie Berlack and Bryce Astle die in Austrian accident

(Newser) - Two prospects from the US Ski Team were killed in an avalanche today while skiing near their European training base in the Austrian Alps. The US ski team said Ronnie Berlack, 20, and Bryce Astle, 19, died in the incident near the Rettenbach glacier near Soelden, the venue for the... More »

Snowmobilers Save Moose in Avalanche

Three men in Alaska dig out stranded animal

(Newser) - Three snowmobilers near Anchorage, Alaska, came across a fresh landslide and tentatively approached to make sure no skiers had been trapped. Sure enough, they spotted something sticking out of the snow—something that turned out to be the snout of a buried moose, reports Alaska Dispatch News . The animal could... More »

After 'Whoomp,' Skier Dies in Alaska

35-year-old perishes in sudden avalanche, companion digs his way out

(Newser) - A backcountry skier in the upper reaches of Alaska died after he was buried in a surprise avalanche in the Rainbow Mountains on Saturday evening, the Alaska Dispatch News reports. Eric Peterson, 35, and his friend, 63-year-old Michael Hopper, had been enjoying their late-afternoon ski when the two heard a... More »

20 Climbers Dead, Dozens Missing in Himalayas Storm

Blizzard, avalanches trap scores of hikers on mountains

(Newser) - Another catastrophe in the Himalayas, where a sudden blizzard and a series of avalanches have killed more than 20 climbers and left dozens more missing, reports the BBC . About half the victims so far are foreigners, though no Americans are among them. The death toll in Nepal has already surpassed... More »

Deadly Avalanche May End Season on Everest

Search for missing Sherpas called off

(Newser) - Hundreds of Everest expeditions planned for this year's climbing season may be delayed or called off in the wake of the mountain's deadliest-ever accident . Sherpa guides angered by the government's offer of just $400 compensation to the families of the 13 Sherpas killed in an avalanche are... More »

Snowboarder 'Triggers Avalanche' That Buries 3

Two adults, 8-year-old boy buried in snow that destroyed house

(Newser) - Rescue officials say about 100 neighbors in Missoula, Montana, converged to help find three people buried Friday during an avalanche that may have been caused by a snowboarder. The avalanche swept down a mountain in a residential area of Missoula and crushed a house at the bottom. "It was... More »

2 Skiers Found Dead in Colorado

Seven skiers triggered deadly avalanche, officials say

(Newser) - Authorities say two skiers were killed and three others were injured in a large avalanche in Colorado. The Lake County Office of Emergency Management says seven skiers on Star Mountain near Independence Pass triggered the slide at about 5pm yesterday. Three were hospitalized with injuries that included a broken leg,... More »

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