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Natural hazards are those natural forceful and accidental events that usually cause huge losses to humans. For example, avalanches are one of the types of natural disasters. Avalanches are sudden removal of a huge chunk of ice on from mountains and hills. They destroy because the ice that falls on human residential areas can kill humans and loss of property. There are many causes of avalanches such as earthquakes and sudden shaking of the earth. Due to avalanches, in April 2012, more than a hundred Pakistan army soldiers died in the Siachen glacier region. Avalanches are natural disasters that cause human and property loss.

All you must know about avalanches

What are the different types of avalanches?

Avalanches are the masses of snow that fall or move downward to destroy everything on its way. The different types of avalanches are wet avalanches, dry or powder avalanches, slab avalanches, and loose snow avalanches.

When was the deadliest avalanche?

The deadliest avalanche in the recorded history happened on May 31, 1970, which claimed the lives of almost 20,000 people. The earth quack triggered the avalanche in Peru which became the deadliest avalanche.

Where are Avalanches most common?

Avalanches can occur anywhere near the snow mountain but some of the deadliest avalanches happened in Switzerland, Austria, Ital, and France.

Who causes an avalanche?

It is believed that humans trigger most of the avalanches by mistake. However, earthquakes, rain, and warm air also can cause an avalanche.

Why do Avalanches kill?

Avalanches kill and destroy anything in its range due to its pressure of hitting and suffocating any living organism in the snow.

How fast can an Avalanche travel?

An avalanche can reach the speed of 80 mph within about 5 seconds of its forming. However, this speed might increase if the hindrance is less and the mass of the avalanche is bigger.

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