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Current natural hazards situation in Switzerland

Updated on: 26.02.2018, 04:21

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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: no danger
  • 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: very little danger
  • 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: exposed objects (mostly sections of transportation routes) can be endangered
  • 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: exposed objects (mostly sections of transportation routes, but in isolated cases also buildings) can be endangered
  • 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: transportation routes and settlements can be seriously endangered
  • 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

No evaluation

warnings

Current warnings issued for Switzerland

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  • Avalanches: Moderate danger, level 2

    Validity: 25.02.2018, 17:00 - 26.02.2018, 18:00
    Snow drifts
    0:Avalanches:2:1112,1121,1111,1113,2121,3211,3221,3111,1212,1213,2131,1211,1221,2111,1228,1311:
    Appenzeller Alpen, Diemtigtal, Entlebuch, Freiburger Alpen, Gantrisch, Glarner Voralpen, Glaubenberg, Hohgant, Leysin, Pays d'Enhaut, Schwyzer Voralpen, Toggenburg, Torgon, Waadtländer Voralpen, westliche Berner Voralpen, östliche Berner Voralpen
  • Avalanches: Moderate danger, level 2

    Validity: 25.02.2018, 17:00 - 26.02.2018, 18:00
    1:Avalanches:2:3112,5111,3113,5112,5124,5121,3311,3223,3222,5211:
    Alpstein - Alvier, Calanda, Flims, Liechtenstein, Linthal, nördliches Prättigau, nördliches Tavetsch, Sernftal, St. Galler Oberland, südliches Prättigau
  • Avalanches: Moderate danger, level 2

    Validity: 25.02.2018, 17:00 - 26.02.2018, 18:00
    Snow drifts
    2:Avalanches:2:4223,4222,2123,2122,1223,1224,1225,1226,1222,2224,1242,1241,1244,4232,1243,1227,1246,2221,1245,2222,2223,1247,1114,4213,2132,4211,4114,4121,1233,2211,4243,1232,2212,1231,4241,1234,1312:
    Adelboden, Aletsch Gebiet, Blüemlisalp, Brienzersee, Engelberg, Engstligen, Gadmertal, Grimselpass, Grindelwald, Gstaad, Guttannen, Hasliberg - Rosenlaui, Iffigen, Jungfrau - Schilthorn, Kandersteg, Lauterbrunnen, Lenk, Lötschental, Maderanertal, Meiental, Melchtal, Montana, Muotatal, nördliches Obergoms, nördliches Urseren, Ovronnaz, Reckingen, Saas Fee, Schreckhorn, Schächental, südliches Simplon Gebiet, südliches Urseren, Uri Rotstock, Val d'Illiez, Villars, Wildhorn, Zermatt
  • Avalanches: Moderate danger, level 2

    Validity: 25.02.2018, 17:00 - 26.02.2018, 18:00
    Old snow
    3:Avalanches:2:4244,5113,5223,4124,4123,7221,7126,7222,4125,7114,7113,7112,7111,4111,5231,5232,4231,5123,5233,5122,5234,5216,7211,5215,5214,5212,7115,4212,4116,4115,4113,7231,4112,4122,7121,7123,4221,7122,7125,7124,4242,5221,5222:
    Albulatal, Arolla, Avers, Bergell, Bernina, Binntal, Bivio, Corvatsch, Davos, Domleschg - Lenzerheide, Emosson, Gd-St-Bernard, Génépi, Mauvoisin, Mountet, Münstertal, nördliches Simplon Gebiet, oberes Puschlav, Oberhalbstein, Obersaxen - Safiental, Rheinwald, Samnaun, Schams, Schanfigg, St. Moritz, Sur Tasna, südliches Obergoms, südliches Tavetsch, 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, Zervreila, Zuoz, östliche Silvretta
  • Avalanches: Moderate danger, level 2

    Validity: 25.02.2018, 17:00 - 26.02.2018, 18:00
    Snow drifts
    4:Avalanches:2:6211,6115,6212,6114,6111,6112,6113:
    Bedrettotal, Bleniotal, obere Leventina, obere Maggiatäler, oberes Misox/Calanca, untere Leventina, unteres Misox/Calanca
  • Wind: Moderate danger, level 2

    Validity: 25.02.2018, 12:00 - 27.02.2018, 06:00
    Wind gusts in the plaines of 70-90 km/h, above 1000 m 90-110 km/h, above 1500 m 110-130 km/h, above 2000 m 130-150 km/h
    5:Wind:2:205,207,208,209,210,211,212,213,214,216,217,218,219,221,222,223,224,225,226:
    Bienne - Neuchâtel, Broye, Estavayer - Cudrefin, Genève, Glâne, Gros-de-Vaud, La Chaux-de-Fonds - Le Locle, Lausanne - Lavaux, Morges - Cossonay, Murten - Kerzers, Nidau - Ins, Nyon - Terre Sainte, Oron – Haute-Broye, Plaine de l'Orbe, Saint-Cergue, Val de Ruz - Colombier, Val de Travers, Vallée de Joux, Yverdon - Bevaix
  • Slippery roads: Moderate danger, level 2

    Validity: 25.02.2018, 11:30 - 26.02.2018, 09:00
    Danger of road icing
    6:Slippery-Road:2:301,302,303,304,305,306,307,308,309,310,311,312,313:
    Alta Valmaggia, Alto Moesano, Basso Moesano, Bellinzonese, Blenio, Bregaglia, Leventina, Locarnese, Luganese, Mendrisiotto, Poschiavo, Riviera, Verzasca
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 21.02.2018
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Central Ticino (TI), Northern Ticino (TI), Sottoceneri (TI). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    7:Forestfire:2:301,302,303,305,306,307,309,310,311:
    Alta Valmaggia, Bellinzonese, Blenio, Leventina, Locarnese, Luganese, Mendrisiotto, Riviera, Verzasca
  • Avalanches: No or minor danger, level 1

    Validity: 25.02.2018, 17:00 - 26.02.2018, 18:00
    8:Avalanches:1:6132,6131,8221,8212,8224,8211,6121,8214,8222,6122,8213,8215,8114,8112,8113,8111:
    Bienne - Neuchâtel, Delémont - Bellelay, Franches-Montagnes, La Chaux-de-Fonds - Le Locle, Luganese, Mendrisiotto, Moutier - Tavannes, Riviera, Saint-Cergue, Thal, untere Maggiatäler, Val de Ruz - Colombier, Val de Travers, Vallon de Saint-Imier, Vallée de Joux, Yverdon - Bevaix
  • Earthquakes: No or minor danger, level 1

    24.02.2018, 17:05 Magnitude 2.8 earthquake at Dent de Morcles VS. May be felt in this warning area. No damage likely.
    9:Earthquake:1:112,113,225,226,227,228,229,230,231,232,233,234,235,236,237,238,239,240,241,243,244:189,378
    Aigle - Leysin, Arolla, Bex - Villars, Conthey - Fully, Haut val de Bagnes, Jogne - Haute-Gruyere, Lausanne - Lavaux, Martigny - Verbier, Monthey - Val d'Illiez, Oron – Haute-Broye, Pays-d'Enhaut, Préalpes vaudoises, Saanen-Gsteig, Sion - Crans-Montana, St. Stephan-Lenk, Turtmanntal, Val d'Anniviers, Val d'Entremont - Val Ferret, Val d'Hérens, Vallée du Trient, Vouvry