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Giant glacier threatens to tear itself loose

In the northern Italian town of Courmayeur fear in these hours, that it goes completely wrong.

the Glacier Planpincieux, which is the size of the cathedral in Milan or a football field filled with 80 meters of ice on top, can secede.

And it has forced the authorities to respond, writes the Italian media, La Repubblica. So far, 75 people have been evacuated, while a large area in the city on the border to France has been blocked off.

- the Breach that has been created in the upper part of the glacier, has evolved extremely quickly the last couple of days.

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This picture is taken 20. July 2020. Photo: Ritzau Handout

- Therefore, our efforts should go very strong, both as regards the evacuation and closure of the municipal roads in the area, says the mayor of the city Stefano Miserocchi.

According to the experts is the risk of a collapse most in the next 72 hours. However, it is not the first time that Planpincieux has been close to collapse.

Last year, there was also sounded the alarm. The reason is the high temperatures in the area, which increases the amount of water, which acts as a kind of buffer between the ice and the rocks. If there is too much water, so it becomes affected area for smooth, and so it can collapse.

Photo: Ritzau Handout

Photo: MARCO BERTORELLO/Ritzau Scanpix

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