Mt. Rainier, Washington, USA (1981, June 21)
Eleven mountain climbers are swept off the mountain’s face when a wall of ice and rock breaks off the face of a glacier and sweeps downhill. The bodies are buried under nearly 70 feet of ice and debris. The accident is thought to be the worst in the history of American mountaineering. It happened as 29 climbers tried to scale 14,410-foot-high Mt. Rainier, the highest peak in Washington State. They had reached the 11,000-foot mark when the ice fell. The other 18 party members survived without injury. Park rangers say that ice falls on the mountain are even more dangerous than avalanches because they can occur at any time and under any weather conditions.
Alpine Meadows, California, USA (1982)
An avalanche damages this ski resort, taking 7 lives and destroying many buildings.
A 7.7 scale earthquake causes avalanches that bury villages and take 50,000 lives.
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