Mt. Tsurugi, Japan

By April 30, 2017 No Comments

A male climber was confirmed dead after being hit by an avalanche on Sunday in Toyama prefecture, central Japan.

The avalanche was believed to have occurred around 2:00 p.m. local time (0500 GMT) at Mt. Tsurugi, one of the highest peaks in the Hida Mountains which stretch through Nagano, Toyama and Gifu prefectures in central Japan.

The man was spotted by helicopters of the local mountain rescue force and was confirmed dead three hours after being sent to a local hospital.

Earlier in the week, two men were hit by an avalanche at Mt. Shirouma-dake in the Hida Mountains in Nagano prefecture and one of the men was still missing.

Climbing and avalanches

Many climbers have sadly been killed by avalanches over the years. Most have been killed by trauma after falling and not by asphyxiation.

Deadly avalanche on Mt. Everest

On April 18, 2014, a massive ice formation, known as a serac, broke apart on Mount Everest, triggering an avalanche that barreled through the Khumbu Icefall and killed 16 sherpas.