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.
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.
Thankfully, there weren't victims. Everyone has been evacuated because there's risk of more avalanches while emergency crews try to stabilize the snow.
^^^^ Graz is circled in yellow. The yellow line connects the same place on the maps -- a guess where the avalanche took place.
Thal is a small village in Austria, and a suburb of Graz. The village is about 3.2 kilometres from the edge of Graz, and has a population of 2,138. It is most famous for being the birthplace of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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