1954 Blons avalanches
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The small village of Blons near Bludenz, Vorarlberg in the Austrian Alps was hit by an avalanche at 9:36 a.m. on 12 January 1954. A second avalanche hit the village at 7 p.m. as rescue workers attempted to dig out the persons buried by the first avalanche. The village had a population of 365 people, of whom 57 were killed and 22 never found. Twenty-nine of the 90 buildings in the village were destroyed. Over 200 died on that day in the two avalanches.
A novel and film, Der Atem des Himmels, portray the avalanches and the build-up to them realistically.
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