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Nuclear medicine Avalanche ionization
Wilderness medicine A natural disaster in which massive unsorted mixtures of snow/ice/rock/mud cascade down a steep incline. Powder snow avalanches can exceed speeds of 300 km/h, and masses of 10,000,000 tonnes
Statistics Europe, 150 deaths/year; USA/Canada, 15/year; most are recreational—e.g., snowmobilers, mountaineers, back-country skiers
Avalanche risks Decreased snow stability; slope angles > 35º
Emergency action Do not wait; even in well-equipped ski areas, helicopters take 45 minute to arrive
Survival 15 minutes—85%; 30 minutes—40%; 1 hour—20%; 2 hours—0%
Cause of death Crush injury, hypothermia, suffocation

avalanche

Geomedicine A natural disaster in which a massive block of snow cascades down a steep incline Statistics In North America, ± 15 die thereof/yr; in Europe, 150/yr; most are recreational deaths–eg, snowmobilers, mountaineers, backcountry skiers Avalanche risks ↓ Snow stability; slope angles > 35º COD Crush injury, asphyxia. See Geological disaster.
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They said the snowslide happened at around noon as skiers belonging to a tour group were moving through the area.
The fact that a snowslide has never been known to occur at a particular locality is no guarantee of safety whatever.
Why not ring in 2006 with something totally unpredictable, like a Snowslide or a Mistletoe Mist.
A spokesman said the snowslide was shorter than 100ft and the organisers had failed to provide evidence of animated penguins and polar bears.
Another seven died in a separate snowslide in nearby Valzur the next day.
As the snowmobiles headed down the mountain, I glanced back at the gigantic snowslide.
Most backpackers enter from the wilderness's western boundary, at Snowslide Gulch trailhead, a little south of the town of Jarbidge.
The body of another martyred army officer has been unearthed on Wednesday from tonnes of snow in Gayari sector, this latest breakthrough brings the total tally of the martyrs reclaimed from the snowslide so far to seven.
Once you arrive in this wonderful twilight world in northern Finland, we have included a host of seasonal activities for all ages such as children's snowslide, snowmobile ride, a husky dog drive and a ride through the magical winter forest on a sleigh drawn by reindeer.
Passengers said the highway blocked after a big snowslide event at 2:30 pm.
The frozen bodies of the Czech tourists were retrieved from the 3,500- metre Schalfkogel peak one day after witnesses saw the snowslide near the Austrian resort of Soelden.