'Once-in-a-Hundred-Year' Avalanche Buries Alaska Road #Shorts

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A massive avalanche in the suburbs of Anchorage, AK, forced residents to evacuate their homes on Sunday after the avalanche buried main roads in the area. The avalanche sped down the area on Thursday night, burying the main road with snow up to 80 feet and leaving approx 100 homes without power.

Anchorage Municipal Manager Amy Demboski said at a Sunday news conference that if they had ‘an uncontrolled release at an unknown time, that could result in the loss of life. We want to do everything we can to prevent that.’ Officials are working to create a second, controlled release. There are no reports of injuries or damaged homes. Officials are assessing the extent of damage to homes.

Avalanches are common in the region, but officials say the size and location of this slide make it an unprecedented event. ‘The size of this avalanche is massive. It has been described by avalanche experts as a once-in-a-hundred-year event,’ Demboski said.
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