Impressive footage of sudden glacier collapse in Kyrgyzstan

After the collapse of the Italian Marmolada glacier on July 3, another glacier suffered the same fate last weekend. British tourists were able to film very closely an impressive flow of ice from a glacier in Kyrgyzstan.

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While hiking in the Juuku Gorge, a dozen British tourists witnessed an event as dangerous as it was spectacular: thecollapse of a glacier located in front of them, followed by an ice flow breaking at several hundred km/h. Believing himself safe from a safe distance, one of the tourists filmed the scene, unaware of the danger coming straight at them. The team of hikers was indeed located below the glacier, in the avalanche corridor and only realized too late that the flow of ice could reach them in the space of a few seconds: located at the end of the race of the’avalanche, the hikers were violently thrown to the ground. The event did not cause any fatalities, but the Britons present were still injured and some had to be taken to hospital for cuts and bruises.

Frequent but not as large collapses

Located in Central Asia next to China, the Kyrgyzstan is an essentially mountainous country, with a continental and locally polar climate on certain peaks. The country’s climate is extreme, with winters to the weather report freezing, and scorching summers. The highest peak in Kyrgyzstan culminates at 7,439 meters above sea level. The place where British tourists hiked, the Juuku Gorge, is well known for its spectacular views of the glaciers, including the It-Tash peak (4,808 meters). In this part of the country that is nicknamed “the Switzerland of Asia”, the ice collapses are frequent, but rarely on a scale as large as that filmed by tourists. No weather data was transmitted on the conditions that prevailed there before the collapse of the glacierbut in the country’s capital, Bishkek, it was 35-37C last weekend, 2-4C above season averages.

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