In Alaska, residents evacuated following a huge avalanche – 03/28/2022 at 11:42

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, March 28 (Reuters) – Residents of a suburb of Anchorage, Alaska’s most populous city, were ordered to evacuate a mountainous area on Sunday following a major avalanche that covered a road, another major cave-in could happen soon.

Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson issued the evacuation order citing “a serious and immediate threat to the health, safety and well-being of citizens” in the affected area of ​​Eagle River, on the outskirts of the city.

The avalanche rolled down the side of a mountain Thursday shortly before midnight local time covering the main road in a layer of snow almost 24 meters thick. Only about half of the snow on the unstable area of ​​the landslide has been released at the time, and there is likely to be a second avalanche, local officials said.

Avalanches are common in the region’s Chugach Mountains, but the size and location of this landslide made it an unprecedented event, they added.

The avalanche cut off access to about 100 homes, including some that are now without power, Anchorage City Manager Amy Demboski said at a news conference Sunday.

“The size of this avalanche is massive. Avalanche experts have described it as a once-in-100-year event,” she said.

(Reportage Yereth Rosen; French version Elena Vardon, edited by Jean-Michel Bélot)

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