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3/25/2007

Alaska's capital city sweats over avalanche danger

Earth News: Alaska, USA
With a record snowfall and spring thaw under way, residents of Juneau are sweating over avalanche danger. Experts have long said Juneau has the highest risk of an avalanche disaster in the country. That's because more than 60 homes and a busy boat harbor lie below at least a dozen avalanche chutes that sweep off the steep sides of Mount Juneau. This year the Juneau area has gotten more than 16 feet of snow and spring is a particularly dangerous time of year for avalanches. So far several small slides have occurred but none have reached any homes.
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