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Evolène topographic map

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Name: Evolène topographic map, elevation, terrain.

Location: Evolène, Hérens, Wallis, 1983, Switzerland (45.95490 7.42553 46.14706 7.61195)

Average elevation: 2,697 m

Minimum elevation: 1,129 m

Maximum elevation: 4,350 m

At precisely 8.27 pm, the first two avalanches were set off on the slopes above Villa, at an altitude around 2,600 m (8,500 ft). They were a combination of fresh powder snow and established spring snow and demolished all trees and chalets in their path, as well as the people unlucky enough to be in the chalets at the time. The two avalanches continued to run along the extremities of Villa and eventually formed as one massive fusion of snow and debris reaching up to 15 m (49 ft) high that came to rest 1,000 m (3,300 ft) down the slope, after taking 12 lives and cutting off the main road between Evolène and des Haudères.

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