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Large Avalanche Hits California's Busy Mammoth Ski Resort

Large Avalanche Hits California's Busy Mammoth Ski ResortA large avalanche roared down a slope on Mammoth Mountain in California on Saturday morning. “Essentially the top of the mountain came loose,” skier Barbara Maynard told The Los Angeles Times. The resort is located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range about 300 miles north of Los Angeles.



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5 Avalanche Victims Rescued At California's Squaw Valley Ski Resort

5 Avalanche Victims Rescued At California's Squaw Valley Ski ResortA powerful avalanche Friday at Squaw Valley Ski Resort above Lake Tahoe in Northern California buried five skiers and snowboarders, injuring two, officials reported. Officials are investigating what may have triggered the avalanche.



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Avalanche kills four skiers in French Alps as police question guide over risk taken

Avalanche kills four skiers in French Alps as police question guide over risk takenFour skiers were killed and another injured in an avalanche in the French Alps on Friday and their guide was held for questioning, authorities said. The group of six people was on a ski touring expedition in an off-trail area near Entraunes, close to the Italian border in the southern Alps. The identities of the skiers were not immediately released. Prosecutor Jean-Michel Pretre of Nice said in remarks shown on French television that they were "seniors," all with experience in backcountry skiing. He said the guide knew the area well. A judicial inquiry was opened into manslaughter and involuntary injury, and the guide was taken in for questioning, the prosecutor said. The cause of the avalanche was unknown. French authorities had warned against a high risk of avalanches in the Alps following heavy snowfall in recent days, and the prosecutor called that "a decisive element." "A risk was taken. Was it acceptable, reasonable, or not?" said Pretre. "This is the subject of the investigation." The Mountain Guides Union said the group was in a non-steep area of the Mercantour national park. In a statement, the union said the guide was also buried by the avalanche but managed to get out. An avalanche farther north in the French Alps on Friday killed a 25-year-old woman at La Grave, according to local media reports. More than a dozen people have died in avalanches in the French Alps this ski season, in addition to those killed in other parts of the mountain range.



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One killed as avalanche engulfs skiers after volcano erupts at Japanese resort

One killed as avalanche engulfs skiers after volcano erupts at Japanese resortBy Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) – One man was killed and at least 11 people injured, some critically, when rocks from an erupting volcano rained down on skiers at a mountain resort in central Japan on Tuesday and an avalanche soon after the eruption engulfed about a dozen skiers. Seven of those struck by rocks were members of Japan’s Ground Self Defence Force (SDF) engaged in winter training maneuvers, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement. Japanese media said at least 12 people were injured, many apparently hit by volcanic rocks.



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Avalanche in French Alps leaves three dead

Avalanche in French Alps leaves three deadA late-season avalanche killed two skiers and their guide in the French Alps near the Italian border Tuesday, local officials said. The avalanche struck in the Albaron area, the mayor of nearby Bonneval-sur-Arc, Gabriel Blanc, told AFP. Authorities do not know what caused the avalanche.



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Avalanche Hits Japanese Town, Several Students Feared Dead

Avalanche Hits Japanese Town, Several Students Feared DeadThe avalanche hit Nasuonsen Family Ski Resort in Tochigi prefecture when the students were taking mountain climbing lessons.



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8 students presumed dead in Japan avalanche

8 students presumed dead in Japan avalancheTOKYO (AP) — Eight Japanese high school students were presumed dead after being caught in an avalanche Monday while being trained in mountain climbing at a ski resort, authorities and media said.



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Eight students killed in Japan avalanche

Eight students killed in Japan avalancheAn avalanche killed eight high school students on a mountain-climbing trip in Japan Monday, with more than 30 people reportedly injured. More than 100 troops have been deployed in a major rescue effort after the avalanche hit ski slopes in Tochigi prefecture, with television footage showing rescuers climbing mountains as ambulances stood by. A group of 52 students and 11 teachers from seven high schools were on a three-day mountaineering outing when disaster struck, according to authorities.



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