National Geographic Channel Seconds From Disaster

Season 2 Episode 2

Alpine Tsunami

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jul 05, 2005 on National Geographic
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Alpine Tsunami
The village of Galtur, located in the Paznaun valley, Austria, had long been a popular Alpine resort. Although it had been declared safe from the threat of avalanches, on February 23, 1999, an avalanche struck. Within minutes, the village was buried under 170,000 tons of snow, killing 31 people, and changing it forever. Why did the supposed "safe-zone" suffer such a terrible fate?moreless

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