Homes Evacuated Over Fears Of Mont Blanc Glacier Collapse

Experts say 5,00,000 cubic metres of ice in danger of sliding off the glacier.

Sohil Nikam

August 7, 2020

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The Planpincieux glacier in Italy’s Mont Blanc range stands at the risk of collapse and authorities have already evacuated nearby homes. Experts from the Fondazione Montagne Sicura (Safe Mountains Foundation) issued a renewed warning, saying that 5,00,000 cubic metres of ice was in danger of sliding off the Planpincieux glacier on the Grandes Jorasses park. Around 65 people, including 50 tourists, have left their abodes situated in Val Ferret, a hamlet right beneath the glacier.

This particular glacier is being monitored by glaciologists since 2013. The new section of ice that is at the risk of collapse could be attributed to “anomalous temperature trends,” which just sounds like a euphemism for global warming. Homes in the area were also evacuated in September last year following a warning that 2,50,000 cubic meters of ice could fall off. There are a total of 4,000 glaciers across the Mont Blanc range, the highest mountain range in Europe, which is also a famous backpacking trail owing to the fact that it goes through Italy, France and Switzerland.

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