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More than 60 people have been evacuated from the Italian side of Mont Blanc due to the possible collapse of a glacier

August 6, 2020

In the last few hours, more than 60 people had to be evacuated from the Italian town of Val Ferret on the Italian side of Mont Blanc, as there was a risk of the Planpincieux glacier collapsing.

There are about fifteen residents and 50 tourists who have been evicted from about thirty houses in the lower part of Val Ferret. The rest of the residents could stay, but are not allowed to use the car in the municipality.

The decision came after regional technicians warned that high temperatures could cause around 500,000 cubic meters of ice, equivalent to 200 Olympic swimming pools, to break off, according to the Italian press.

More than 60 people have been evacuated from the Italian side of Mont Blanc due to the possible collapse of a glacierMore than 60 people have been evacuated from the Italian side of Mont Blanc due to the possible collapse of a glacier

The Planpincieux is part of the Mont Blanc mountains, the highest peak in the Alps on the border between Italy and France. Last year there was already another alarm about the risk of 250,000 cubic meters of ice shedding.

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