At the end of the ski season, the danger of avalanches in the mountains increases. Viennese researchers have developed a simple, reliable system that could in the future warn people when avalanches are released.
Police in France say at least four people have died in an avalanche in the southern Alps near the border with Italy. A rescue operation is underway for another person believed to be missing.
Extreme weather warnings have been issued across Europe as the full force of gales and blizzard conditions from Siberia loom. The death toll from freezing temperatures across Europe has risen to at least 48.
Two Spanish skiers have been killed in an avalanche in southwestern France, the country's second fatal avalanche incident in 24 hours. Three others survived and were rescued by French authorities via helicopter.
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