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Massive Avalanche Hits Mt. Shasta

A potentially historic avalanche hit Avalanche Gulch on Mount Shasta.

Posted: Feb. 19, 2019 2:19 PM
Updated: Feb. 19, 2019 3:33 PM

MOUNT SHASTA, Calif. -- A potentially historic avalanche hit Avalanche Gulch on Mount Shasta. According to the Mount Shasta Avalanche Center, the event occurred during the night of Wednesday, February 13th and was classified as a category D4 avalanche, just one away from the largest category.

The avalanche ran for over 3 miles and dropped from an elevation of 12,400 feet to an elevation of 7,200 feet. There was nobody on the mountain at the time. The cause of the avalanche is likely due to a rapid increase in temperatures following several feet of snow overnight.

This could break previous records for Mount Shasta, making this an historic event.

Click here for more details about the avalanche from the Mount Shasta Avalanche Center.

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