AVALANCHE DANGERS



If we compared a dry and wet snow avalanche, the dry one is more dangerous. It can travel as fast as 120 mph while the wet snow avalanche can go for just 5 mph or less. Dry snow avalanche can create a force as powerful as an explosive. Some persons who encounter this avalanche suffer from injuries, either they are dragged through trees and cliffs or they get hurt by their own Snowboarding Equipment.

A person is buried totally in snow after being taken by an avalanche. The Asphyxia would be the biggest danger a person has to confront with being buried in snow. Avalanche debris is compact and heavy unlike how it used to start light and fluffy. When the snow stops from moving, the kinetic energy from the moving snow creates heat from fiction that makes it hard and heavy. One cannot contain the weight of the snow. Therefore, it can squeeze the person, especially his or her lungs. One may be buried alive lacking oxygen and be frozen by snow.

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Even if a person can dig the ice immediately, there is still a large probability that he or she will not be able to survive. Within 15 minutes of being buried, the person has 90% of surviving. Beyond 30 minutes, the person only has 50% chance of survival, and it decreases the longer the person stays under the snow. If the personís company is well equipped and knowledgeable of what they are going to do, the person may have a lesser chance of dying, but otherwise, it would be hard to survive such an incident. More so, given the difficulty of digging and working oneís way out through the snow, if the person is buried for more than six feet, he would most probably die.