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

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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.

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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 pile of debris that was up to 30 meters (98 feet) thick across 10 square kilometers (4 square miles). Nine people, 350 sheep, and 110 yaks in the remote village of Dungru were killed during the avalanche. Picture: NASA Earth Observatory

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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