Last Updated: Monday, January 19, 2015

Japan avalanches claim four including 2 Argentine nationals


A series of avalanches over the weekend in Nagano and Niigata prefectures of Japan have claimed lives of four people.

An avalanche Sunday at Ryuoo Ski Park in Yamanouchi, Nagano Prefecture, killed two Argentine nationals. The 30-meter-wide, 200-meter-long avalanche started when the two Argentines skied off the prepared slope, The Japan Times has written quoting the Nagano Prefectural Police.

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Yesterday, a body was found buried in snow near a ski slope at Akakura Kanko Resort Ski in Myoko, Niigata Prefecture.

On Saturday,  two snowboarders were hit by an avalanche at Mount Awadachi. They were found by the police and airlifted to a hospital. But one of them from the city of Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, was confirmed dead.

At least three people have been still  missing in the Northern Alps.

Photo via Japan Times: Rescue workers arrive Sunday at the site of the avalanche on Mount Awadachi in Myoko, Niigata Prefecture. | NAGANO PREFECTURAL AIR RESCUE TEAM/KYODO