Visnews filmed Feb 11 the evacuated Alpine hamlet of Herbriggen near Zermatt - threatened by a landslide from the 14,205 ft Nadelhorn Mountain.
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Background: Visnews filmed Feb 11 the evacuated Alpine hamlet of Herbriggen near Zermatt - threatened by a landslide from the 14,205 ft Nadelhorn Mountain.
The normally bustling little village of 250 souls is now almost deserved. The villagers have left their cottages to take refuge in the valley between Visp and Zermatt, popular with winter skiers.
Men with alpine horns stand by ready to blow warning of an avalanche. Tons of rock have slid down the Nadelhorn at the rate of a few feet per day.
As the last villagers left herbriggen Feb 10, the rock slide was less than half a mile away. The mass of earth and boulders, some as big as a house, is about 150 yards long. Frost seemed temporarily to have arrested its progress in the last two days. If it starts moving again Herbriggen may be buried.
From the air the avalanche is a dark gash on the mountainside, first sighted by a colleague of the Swiss alpine rescue pilot, Herman Geiger, who landed a ski plane on the slopes of the Nadelhorn the same day.