Avalanche Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: Disaster Prevention Agency
Date Verified: 7.31.2012
An avalanche (also called a snowslide or snowslip) is a sudden, drastic flow of snow down a slope, occurring when either natural triggers, such as loading from new snow or rain, or artificial triggers, such as snowmobilers, explosives or backcountry skiers, overload the snowpack. The influence of gravity on the accumulated weight of newly fallen uncompacted snow or on thawing older snow leads to avalanches which may be triggered by earthquakes, gunshots and the movements of animals.
Avalanche Disaster Statistics from 1980 – 2008
No of events: 73
No of people killed: 3,532
Average people killed per year: 122
No of people affected: 69,637
Average people affected per year: 2,401
Ecomomic Damage (US$ X 1,000): 807,489
Ecomomic Damage per year (US$ X 1,000): 27,844
Top 10 Disasters Reported – Affected people
Disaster Date Affected
Vietnam 1992 38,000
Austria 1999 10,000
India 1995 5,250
India 2005 5,000
Switzerland 1988 2,000
Tajikistan 2005 1,953
Russia 1992 1,750
Philippines 2006 1,200
Turkey 1992 1,069
Tajikistan 2006 728
Killed people Date Killed
Turkey 1992 261
India 2005 250
India 1995 250
India 1988 250
Russia 1993 239
Vietnam 1992 200
Turkey 1993 135
Russia 2002 111
Afghanistan 1997 100
Afghanistan 1993 100
Economic damages Date Damage Costs
Switzerland 1999 $685,000,000
India 2005 $50,000,000
Austria 1999 $41,570,000
France 1999 $10,790,000
Germany 1999 $6,230,000
Italy 1999 $5,510,000
Iceland 1995 $3,360,000
Russia 1992 $2,600,000
Iceland 1995 $2,429,000
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