Extreme rainfall causes catastrophic flooding in western Germany

Extreme rainfall causes catastrophic flooding in western Germany

At least 18 people have died and many more are still missing after exceptionally heavy rain caused massive flooding in western Germany on July 14 and 15, 2021. Numerous rivers across the region are still above flood stage or at exceptionally high levels and several…

Switzerland sees unusually fatal avalanche season

Switzerland sees unusually fatal avalanche season

Switzerland's winter season this year has been 50 percent deadlier than the average season, resulting in around 27 fatalities as of March 31. Around 296 people have been affected, which is a 67 percent increase, as the number of people caught in avalanches over…

Massive avalanche surges down a road in Vallemaggia, Switzerland

Massive avalanche surges down a road in Vallemaggia, Switzerland

A huge avalanche spilled over a portion of the road near the town of Campo in the mountainous region Vallemaggia, Switzerland, on November 23, 2019. The dramatic footage was posted to social media by local authorities. The Federal Office of Meteorology had issued…

Switzerland sees record November snowfall, almost 710 mm (28 inches) recorded

Switzerland sees record November snowfall, almost 710 mm (28 inches) recorded

Heavy snow hit parts of Switzerland over the weekend, November 16 and 17, 2017, bringing the monthly total up to 710 mm (28 inches) in Santa Maria, in the country's east. This broke the previous record of 690 mm (27 inches), also set in the same area in 1959….

Rare earthquake swarm north of Sion, Switzerland

Rare earthquake swarm north of Sion, Switzerland

An exceptionally active earthquake swarm is ongoing near Saviese, north of Sion, Switzerland beginning in the night of November 4 to November 5, 2019, according to the Swiss Seismological Service (SED) at ETH Zurich. Such an accumulation of earthquakes is rather…

Two missing after violent storm, large mudslide hit Swiss Alps

Two missing after violent storm, large mudslide hit Swiss Alps

Two people, a 37-year-old man and a 6-year-old girl, are missing after a fast-moving mudslide hit Switzerland's Valais canton on Sunday night, August 11, 2019. The event took place late Sunday after a violent hit the region, causing the Losentze river to…

Key highway closed after severe storm hits Switzerland

Key highway closed after severe storm hits Switzerland

Heavy rain affecting Switzerland since June 9, 2019, caused a temporary shutdown of a key highway in the central region of Gotthard. A landslide has also affected the railway connections. The regions of Bern and Zurich have been particularly affected, receiving…

Record May snowfall in Switzerland

Record May snowfall in Switzerland

Historic Arctic blast affecting much of Europe over the past couple of days brought record amounts of snowfall for the month of May to parts of Switzerland. Capital Bern received 4 cm (1.57 inches) of snow on May 5, breaking the previous record for the month set…