Item: A study of 4 avalanche accidents in japan during '99-'00 season
Title: A study of 4 avalanche accidents in japan during '99-'00 season
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 2000 International Snow Science Workshop, October 1-6, Big Sky, Montana
Authors: Shinji Ikeda, Toru Maehara, Ryuzo Nitta, David Enright
Abstract: During the '99-00 season, 4 fatal avalanche accidents occurred in Japan. 7 people were killed and 1 person is still missing. Our study points out the faults of safety measures against avalanches and the rescue system in Japan. In Japan, persons who are buried by avalanches are rarely found alive and often the victims· are found in the spring or early summer after the snowpack has melted. These fatalities were caused by the following problems. 1) No effective public avalanche bulletin. 2) Light familiarization in the use of transceivers. 3) No public rescue dog system. 4) Rescuer's lack of avalanche hazard management skills.
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Keywords: japan, avalanche accidents, rescue, avalanche bulletin
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