The Planpincieux glacier, Courmayeur village, Val Ferret, northwestern Italy.

Evacuations ordered with Alps glacier in danger of collapse

Dozens of residents and holidaymakers were told to evacuate an area on the Italian side of Mont Blanc as a glacier threatened to collapse. 

Dozens of residents and holidaymakers were told to evacuate an area on the Italian side of Mont Blanc as a glacier threatened to collapse. 

It comes as a 500,000 cubic metre block of ice is at risk of breaking off from the Planpincieux Glacier, with heat cited as a root cause. 

The events come as the area, otherwise, a popular skiing destination was just reopening for the summer, after suffering severe coronavirus-related closures through the end of its winter season.

The Courmayeur-based mountain safety agency, Fondazione Montagna Sicura, released this aerial footage from a flight over the vulnerable portion of the glacier, on August 6.

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