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Seven Skiers Die in Japanese Avalanche

Seven skiers are dead following an avalanche on Mt. Masago, Japan. The group of backcountry skiers, four men and three women, triggered a slide estimated to be 30 meters wide and 600 meters long. The victims were evacuated by helicopter to a local hospital, where they were declared dead.

Police were still searching the mountainside for other potential victims. The names of the deceased have not yet been released.

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12 Comments

  1. anon says:

    very sad. this area is very easy access and receives heavy traffic this time of year. here’s some video showing the zone and a bit of the rescue effort. note how tracked up the zone around it is.
    http://www.asahi.com/articles/OSK201311230005.html

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Sad.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Sad.
    Very large at 600 meters not 60. Scary.

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    • Grant says:

      It’s a small slide but it looks like a 2 meter crown above a terrain trap (gully). I wouldn’t be surprised if they were buried under 2 or 3 meters of snow… Very sad news…

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  4. ADong AMong says:

    Very humbling. I wish the best for their families.

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  5. Anon says:

    Careful out there!

    Tragic news, +vibes to the families affected

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  6. chipboard says:

    Three words: Obvious. Terrain. Trap

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  7. HS says:

    That’s a big f*%^$ing crown. wow

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  8. RJC says:

    A friend was on site, he posted to Facebook calling for help. The locals responded and the police were notified in minutes.

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