Video: Massive avalanche seems to be alive

A massive avalanche violently invaded the Passeier Valley—in South Tyrol—yesterday. In this video it looks harmless until you get to the 1:30 mark. Then things start to get scary and weird.

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Instead of spreading through the entire slope and die, the snow actually takes the road onto the bridge that leads into the town, like some sort of giant frozen worm. It seems as if the snow were alive, and deciding what path to take in search of humans and buildings. According to Austria's public television, the material damage was extensive.

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Thankfully, there weren't victims. Everyone has been evacuated because there's risk of more avalanches while emergency crews try to stabilize the snow.


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Not sure what anyone else saw but I saw it taking path of least resistance. Assuming the bridge was slightly slick and allowed the snow to slide across it without spilling over.

On a side note, wouldn't you design roads in such climes in a switchback form to prevent the snow a completely easy path into towns.