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Current natural hazards situation in Switzerland

Updated on: 26.02.2017, 05:38

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Danger level 1 (No or minor danger)
Danger level 2 (Moderate danger)
Danger level 3 (Considerable danger)
Danger level 4 (High danger)
Danger level 5 (Very high danger)
No danger level
Danger level 1 (No or minor danger)

Explanation of the danger level 1:

  • Earthquakes: may be perceptible
  • Meteorological phenomena: no (particular) danger, no warnings in place
  • Floods: transport disruption and damage are not normally to be expected.
  • Avalanches: generally safe conditions
  • Forest fires: small fires cannot be entirely ruled out
Danger level 2 (Moderate danger)

Explanation of the danger level 2:

  • Earthquakes: felt across a wide area, no likelihood of damage to buildings
  • Meteorological phenomena  that are normal for the respective season
  • Floods: rivers are unlikely to burst their banks and floods are unlikely but not impossible
  • Avalanches: low danger of natural avalanches
  • Forest fires: local fires can start spontaneously
Danger level 3 (Considerable danger)

Explanation of the danger level 3:

  • Earthquakes: felt across a wide area, likelihood of minor damage to buildings
  • Meteorological phenomena of an intensity slightly superior to the normal
  • Floods: rivers may burst their banks locally in exposed places and flooding may occur.
  • Avalanches: isolated exposed sectors are endangered. Some safety measures recommended in those places.
  • Forest fires: surface fires are likely
Danger level 4 (High danger)

Explanation of the danger level 4:

  • Earthquakes: felt strongly, likelihood of damage to buildings
  • Meteorological phenomena of unusual intensity
  • Floods: rivers may increasingly burst their banks and flooding may occur
  • Avalanches: many exposed sectors are endangered. Safety measures recommended in those places.
  • Forest fires: surface fires are very likely
Danger level 5 (Very high danger)

Explanation of the danger level 5:

  • Earthquakes: felt strongly, high likelihood of widespread and severe damage to buildings
  • Meteorological phenomena of very high intensity
  • Floods: rivers may burst their banks and flooding may occur in many places
  • Avalanches: acute danger. Comprehensive safety measures.
  • Forest fires: fires can start at any time

Obey in any event the orders issued by your local authorities and be prepared for exceptional measures.

No danger level

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warnings

Current warnings issued for Switzerland

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  • Forest fire: Considerable danger, level 3

    Effective from: 23.02.2017
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Riddes - Saxon (VS), Sion - Sierre - Leuk (VS), Visp - Brig - Aletsch (VS). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    0:Forestfire:3:237,240,242:
    Lötschental - Naters, Martigny - Verbier, Val d'Hérens
  • Forest fire: Considerable danger, level 3

    Effective from: 23.02.2017
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Central Ticino (TI), Northern Ticino (TI), Sottoceneri (TI). - Absolute ban on fires in the open | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    1:Forestfire:3:301,302,303,305,306,307,309,310,311:
    Alta Valmaggia, Bellinzonese, Blenio, Leventina, Locarnese, Luganese, Mendrisiotto, Riviera, Verzasca
  • Forest fire: Considerable danger, level 3

    Effective from: 23.02.2017
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Bergell / Bregaglia (GR), Moesano (GR), San Bernardino (GR), Val Poschiavo / Puschlav (GR). - Absolute ban on fires in the open | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    2:Forestfire:3:304,308,312,313:
    Alto Moesano, Basso Moesano, Bregaglia, Poschiavo
  • Avalanches: Moderate danger, level 2

    Validity: 25.02.2017, 17:00 - 26.02.2017, 17:00
    Snow drifts
    3:Avalanches:2:2222,2221,2223,2123,2122,1114,1221,1223,2121,1222,1213,1121,4121,1212,2132,1211,2131,1113,1112,1111,1247,1246,5121,5124,1243,3113,1242,3112,1245,3221,1244,3223,3222,1241,3111,1311,4241,4243,3311,1234,2212,1233,1232,1231,1312,2211,2111,3211,4213,1228,4211,1226,1227,1224,1225,5211,4111,4114:
    Adelboden, Aletsch Gebiet, Alpstein - Alvier, Appenzeller Alpen, Blüemlisalp, Brienzersee, Calanda, Diemtigtal, Emosson, Engelberg, Engstligen, Entlebuch, Flims, Freiburger Alpen, Gadmertal, Gantrisch, Glarner Voralpen, Glaubenberg, Grimselpass, Grindelwald, Gstaad, Guttannen, Hasliberg - Rosenlaui, Hohgant, Iffigen, Jungfrau - Schilthorn, Kandersteg, Lauterbrunnen, Lenk, Leysin, Liechtenstein, Linthal, Lötschental, Maderanertal, Meiental, Melchtal, Montana, Muotatal, nördliches Obergoms, nördliches Tavetsch, nördliches Urseren, Ovronnaz, Pays d'Enhaut, Reckingen, Schreckhorn, Schwyzer Voralpen, Schächental, Sernftal, St. Galler Oberland, Toggenburg, Torgon, Uri Rotstock, Val d'Illiez, Villars, Waadtländer Voralpen, westliche Berner Voralpen, Wildhorn, östliche Berner Voralpen
  • Avalanches: Moderate danger, level 2

    Validity: 25.02.2017, 17:00 - 26.02.2017, 17:00
    Snow drifts
    4:Avalanches:2:4232,6115,6211,6113,6114,6111,6212,6112:
    Bedrettotal, Bleniotal, obere Leventina, obere Maggiatäler, oberes Misox/Calanca, südliches Simplon Gebiet, untere Leventina, unteres Misox/Calanca
  • Avalanches: Moderate danger, level 2

    Validity: 25.02.2017, 17:00 - 26.02.2017, 17:00
    Old snow, snow drifts
    5:Avalanches:2:7231,7211,5122,2224,5123,4124,4125,4222,4221,7126,7125,4223,7124,4122,7123,4123,7122,7121,5221,5222,5223,4242,4244,7222,5112,5113,5111,7221,4231,4212,7113,7112,7115,7114,4112,5212,7111,5233,4116,5215,5234,5216,4115,5231,5232,4113,5214:
    Albulatal, Arolla, Avers, Bergell, Bernina, Binntal, Bivio, Corvatsch, Davos, Domleschg - Lenzerheide, Gd-St-Bernard, Génépi, Mauvoisin, Mountet, Münstertal, nördliches Prättigau, nördliches Simplon Gebiet, oberes Puschlav, Oberhalbstein, Obersaxen - Safiental, Rheinwald, Saas Fee, Samnaun, Schams, Schanfigg, St. Moritz, Sur Tasna, südliches Obergoms, südliches Prättigau, südliches Tavetsch, südliches Urseren, Turtmanntal, untere Vispertäler, unteres Puschlav, Val Chamuera, Val d'Anniviers, Val d'Hérens, Val dal Spöl, Val S-charl, Val Sumvitg, Val Suot, Verbier, westliche Silvretta, Zermatt, Zervreila, Zuoz, östliche Silvretta
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 23.02.2017
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Central Grisons (GR), Engiadina bassa / Unterengadin (GR), Hinterrhein (GR), Julier (GR), Prättigau / Schanfigg (GR), Rheintal (GR), Surselva (GR), Val Müstair (GR). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    6:Forestfire:2:157,158,165,166,172,173,174,179,180,181,182,183,184,187,188,314,317,318,319:
    Albulatal, Bivio-Avers, Brigels, Domleschg, Flims-Laax, Landquart-Chur, Lugnez-Valsertal, nördliches Tavetsch, Rheinwald, Riein-Safiental, S'charl-d'Uina, Savognin, Schams, Schanfigg, Schiers, Scuol-Samnaun, Val Medel-Sumvitg, Val Monastero, Zernez
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 23.02.2017
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Anniviers (VS), Anzère - Montana - Leukerbad (VS), Binn - Simplon north (VS), Chablais (VS), Fully - Chamoson (VS), Goms (VS), Lötschental (VS), Martigny - Trient (VS), Simplon south (VS), Val d'Entremont (VS), Val d'Hérens - Val d'Hérémence (VS), Val d'Illiez (VS), Val de Bagnes (VS), Vernayaz - St-Maurice (VS), Zermatt - Saastal (VS), Äusseres Nikolaital - Turmanntal (VS). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    7:Forestfire:2:231,232,233,234,236,238,239,241,243,244,245,246,247,248,249,250,251,252:
    Aletschgebiet, Arolla, Binntal, Brig - nördliches Simplongebiet, Conthey - Fully, Haut val de Bagnes, Monthey - Val d'Illiez, Oberes Mattertal, Oberes Saastal, Obergoms, Sion - Crans-Montana, südliches Simplongebiet, Turtmanntal, Val d'Anniviers, Val d'Entremont - Val Ferret, Vallée du Trient, Vispertal - Nanztal, Vouvry
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 22.02.2017
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Lake Walsenstadt (SG), Rheintal / Werdenberg (SG), Sargans (SG). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    8:Forestfire:2:170,175,176,178:
    Kerenzerberg-Seeztal, Rheintal, Sarganserland, Werdenberg
  • Avalanches: No or minor danger, level 1

    Validity: 25.02.2017, 17:00 - 26.02.2017, 17:00
    Snow drifts
    9:Avalanches:1:6121,6122:
    Riviera, untere Maggiatäler