Enormous 30-meter-thick ice avalanche spreads over 10 square kilometers in Tibet

On July 17, 2016, one of the largest ice avalanche ever recorded tumbled down a narrow valley in the Aru Range of Tibet.

When the ice stopped moving, it had spread a 30-meter-thick pile of debris across 10 square kilometers and killed 9 people, 350 sheep, and 110 yaks in the remote village of Dungru.

Massive and Mysterious Ice Fall in Tibet On July 17, 2016, a huge stream of ice and rock tumbled down a narrow valley in the Aru Range of #Tibet. When the ice stopped moving, it had spread a 30-meter-thick pile of debris across 10 square kilometers. Nine people, 350 sheep, and 110 yaks in the remote village of #Dungru were killed during the #avalanche. The massive debris field makes this one of the largest ice avalanches ever recorded. The only event of a comparable size was a 2002 avalanche from Kolka Glacier in in the Caucasus , explained Andreas Kääb, a glaciologist at the University of Oslo. A multispectral imager on the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2 satellite captured an image of the debris field on July 21, 2016. The Operational Land Imager, a similar instrument on #Landsat 8, acquired an image on June 24, 2016, that shows the same area before the avalanche. http://go.nasa.gov/2cBsI6h @nasa #earthnow #nasaearth

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The massive debris field makes this one of the largest ice avalanches ever recorded. The only event of a comparable size was a 2002 avalanche from Kolka Glacier in the Caucasus.

Look at the unbelievable images in this video of CCTV:

The Operational Land Imager, an instrument on Landsat 8, acquired an image on June 24, 2016, that shows the area before the avalanche.

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A multispectral imager on the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2 satellite captured an image of the debris field on July 21, 2016.

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Cracks have since appeared on the surrounding glaciers, and rescuers are concerned that more avalanches may occur.

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