Please be careful of avalanches and falling snow accidents.


This is a notice from the Disaster Prevention Section of the General Affairs Division regarding the prevention of accidents caused by avalanches and falling snow.
In early spring, when temperatures begin to rise in March, snowmelt and rainfall reduce the friction between the snow and the ground, causing full-thickness avalanches that can cause the entire snowpack on a slope to collapse.

Many fatal accidents due to avalanches have occurred in Hokkaido as well.

In particular, if you see any of the following signs on a snowy mountain, avoid approaching it.
Crack: A crack in the snow that looks like a scratch on the slope of a snowy mountain.
Snow eave: A phenomenon in which snow protrudes from the ridge of a mountain.
*For more information on preventing accidents in winter mountains, please see below.

Also, be careful not only about avalanches but also about snow falling from roofs that have a lot of snow on them.
The General Affairs Disaster Prevention Division has issued an announcement regarding the prevention of accidents caused by avalanches and falling snow.
As we enter March, with rising temperatures and the arrival of spring, there is a risk of glide avalanches occurring due to melting snow and rain reducing friction between snowpacks and the ground. In Hokkaido, there have been numerous fatalities resulting from avalanche accidents.
Pay close attention to the following signs when in snowy mountain areas and avoid approaching them:
Cracks: These are snow fractures reassembling scratches on the slope.
Snow Cornices: These occur when snow overhangs from the ridge of a mountain.
For more detailed information on mountain safety during winter, please refer to the following link: Winter Mountain Safety Guidelines (Hokkaido Prefecture)
Additionally, be cautious of falling snow not only from avalanches but also from roofs with heavy snow accumulation.

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