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New Data to the Survival of Avalanches

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New Data to the Survival of Avalanches -
Research Compares Survival Period of People Buried by Avalanches.

03/22/11: European academy Bolzano, Italy:
The survival period after being buried by an avalanche depends to the region. This proofs a comparing study of avalanche accidents in Switzerland and Canada for a period of 25 years. This is caused by climatic differences that impact the snow quality.

 


In accordance with the study of the team of researchers from South Tirol, Switzerland and Canada the survivability after a total burying thru an avalanche rapidly sinks in Canada after 10 minutes. Pursuant to earlier studies in Switzerland this is the case in the Alps normally after 18 minutes. Crucial for that is the consistency and density of the snow, which is in Canada influenced by the humid maritime air and is causing a higher risk of suffocation in short time.


These results can be the basis for the education of background skiers and professional rescuing crews and can also change the requirements of the manufacturers that until now only focused on a time frame of 18 minutes.


The scientific original publication is available at www.cmaj.ca .

 

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