The worst avalanche in 40 years destroyed countless buildings and killed many people in this Austrian village, but it was factors 4,000 kilometers away that caused this disaster.
- Galtür is a small village in the Austrian Alps.
- On 23rd February 1999, it experienced a devastating avalanche.
- Heavy and dry snowfalls, caused by cold Arctic air from the Atlantic, caused a layer of icy snow to collapse.
- By the time the avalanche swept into the village, it had doubled in size and carried 300,000 tonnes of snow.
Galtür is a small, peaceful village in the Austrian Alps.
But on February 23rd 1999 it looked very different.
23rd February 1999
It was hit by the worst avalanche in 40 years, destroying countless buildings and killing 31 people.
Galtür experienced avalanches each year, but they always stopped before reaching the village, ...
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