The Abruzzo and Alps region have been issued with an avalanche alert
The Italian Government has given the highest alert warning for the Abruzzo Apennines region in central Italy, meaning the possibility of an avalanche is “very high”.
The level is also at a ‘medium-high’ risk across the Alps which borders France, Switzerland and Austria.
Thousands of Britons head to the Alps every week during the ski season, and are now being reminded to stay alert and check forecasts before stepping out on the slopes.
The Italian government have warned against any hiking activities in the Abruzzo region giving it a high risk.
Italy avalanche: Devastating pictures after an avalanche kills 30 guests
Thu, January 19, 2017
A devastating avalanche has hit a hotel in Italy, killing up to 30 people.
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An avalanche buried the Hotel Rigopiano in Abruzzo.
A hotel in Italy has been completely buried by the snow
Guests sent Whatsapp messages saying they were “dying in the cold”
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The country is on high alert after an avalanche struck Hotel Rigopiano in Pescara, on the Gran Sasso resort in central Italy last night.
Guests sent Whatsapp messages saying they were “dying in the cold” as rescuers rushed to the scene on cross-country skies.
The avalanche was caused by a series of 80 earthquakes and aftershocks yesterday, some of which were felt in Rome, shutting down the capital’s Metro.
The Italian authorities have issued avalanche alerts for various places across the country
The Regional Civil Protection and the Control Unit for Environmental and Forest Protection have forecast the warnings saying the Abruzzo Apennines are at particular high risk of avalanches.
The warning states the bad weather has resulted in the accumulation of new snow on previously compacted snow layers, which increases the instability of mountain slopes.
Helicopters have been used in the rescue operation
The level of danger is strong in the Abruzzo region with the risk being higher in areas where the forest is sparse or absent.
Horrifying images from inside the hotel show snow cascading down the stairs and a wall of snow breaking through part of the collapsed building.