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Current natural hazards situation in Switzerland

Updated on: 01.09.2016, 05:06

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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

No evaluation

warnings

Current warnings issued for Switzerland

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  • Forest fire: Very high danger, level 5

    Effective from: 31.08.2016
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Anniviers (VS), Binn - Simplon north (VS), Riddes - Saxon (VS), Simplon south (VS), Sion - Sierre - Leuk (VS), Visp - Brig - Aletsch (VS), Zermatt - Saastal (VS), Äusseres Nikolaital - Turmanntal (VS). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    0:Forestfire:5:237,240,242,243,244,245,247,248,250,251,252:
    Binntal, Brig - nördliches Simplongebiet, Lötschental - Naters, Martigny - Verbier, Oberes Mattertal, Oberes Saastal, südliches Simplongebiet, Turtmanntal, Val d'Anniviers, Val d'Hérens, Vispertal - Nanztal
  • Forest fire: High danger, level 4

    Effective from: 31.08.2016
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Anzère - Montana - Leukerbad (VS), Chablais (VS), Fully - Chamoson (VS), Goms (VS), Lötschental (VS), Martigny - Trient (VS), Val d'Entremont (VS), Val d'Hérens - Val d'Hérémence (VS), Val d'Illiez (VS), Val de Bagnes (VS), Vernayaz - St-Maurice (VS). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    1:Forestfire:4:231,232,233,234,236,238,239,241,246,249:
    Aletschgebiet, Arolla, Conthey - Fully, Haut val de Bagnes, Monthey - Val d'Illiez, Obergoms, Sion - Crans-Montana, Val d'Entremont - Val Ferret, Vallée du Trient, Vouvry
  • Forest fire: Considerable danger, level 3

    Effective from: 31.08.2016
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Jura Südfuss - Solothurn (SO), Solothurn - Mittelland (SO), Thal (SO). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    2:Forestfire:3:103,104:
    Solothurn-Rothrist, Thal
  • Forest fire: Considerable danger, level 3

    Effective from: 31.08.2016
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Bernese Jura east (BE), Biel/Bienne / Seeland east (BE), Jura Südfuss (BE), Jura Südfuss / Seeland west (BE). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    3:Forestfire:3:105,204,208,209:
    Bienne - Neuchâtel, Lyss-Grenchen, Moutier - Tavannes, Nidau - Ins
  • Forest fire: Considerable danger, level 3

    Effective from: 31.08.2016
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Ajoie (JU), Delémont (JU). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    4:Forestfire:3:201,203:
    Ajoie, Delémont - Bellelay
  • Forest fire: Considerable danger, level 3

    Effective from: 26.08.2016
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Central Ticino (TI), Sottoceneri (TI). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    5:Forestfire:3:305,306,307,309,310,311:
    Bellinzonese, Locarnese, Luganese, Mendrisiotto, Riviera, Verzasca
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 31.08.2016
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Jura Südfuss - Olten (SO), Olten - Mittelland (SO). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    6:Forestfire:2:104,116:
    Olten-Gösgen, Solothurn-Rothrist
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 31.08.2016
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Aaretal and Kiesental (BE), Beatenberg / Interlaken (BE), Belp / Gürbetal (BE), Berne / Köniz / Zollikofen (BE), Boltigen / Obersimmental (BE), Boltigen / Simmental (BE), Emmental / Oberaargau West (BE), Fraubrunnen (BE), Gadmen east, Habkern (BE), Innertkirchen / Gadmen / Sonn (BE), Jura west (BE), Lake Brienz / Sonn (BE), Lake Thun / Sonn / Sigriswil (BE), Meiringen / Oberhasli (BE), Mühleberg / Seedorf (BE), Oberaargau (BE), Saanen west / Lauenen (BE), Spiez Diemtigtal, Thun (BE). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    7:Forestfire:2:106,107,109,110,111,112,117,118,120,121,128,137,206:
    Bern-Mühleberg, Brienz-Interlaken, Burgdorf-Limpachtal, Frutigen-Kiental, Langenthal, Meiringen-Gadmertal, Niedersimmental, Obersimmental, Saanen-Gsteig, Schangnau-Sigriswil, Sumiswald-Worb, Thun-Belp, Vallon de Saint-Imier
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 31.08.2016
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Franches-Montagnes (JU). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    8:Forestfire:2:202:
    Franches-Montagnes
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 30.08.2016
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Bergell / Bregaglia (GR), Central Grisons (GR), Engiadina Ota / Oberengadin (GR), Engiadina bassa / Unterengadin (GR), Julier (GR), Moesano (GR), Prättigau / Schanfigg (GR), Rheintal (GR), Surselva (GR), Val Müstair (GR), Val Poschiavo / Puschlav (GR). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    9:Forestfire:2:157,158,165,166,172,173,179,180,181,182,183,184,187,188,308,312,313,314,315,316,317,318,319:
    Albulatal, Basso Moesano, Bivio-Avers, Bregaglia, Brigels, Domleschg, Flims-Laax, Landquart-Chur, Lugnez-Valsertal, nördliches Tavetsch, Poschiavo, Riein-Safiental, S'charl-d'Uina, San Moritz, Savognin, Schams, Schanfigg, Schiers, Scuol-Samnaun, Val Medel-Sumvitg, Val Monastero, Zernez, Zuoz
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 29.08.2016
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Sargans (SG). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    10:Forestfire:2:178:
    Sarganserland
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 29.08.2016
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Canton of Neuchâtel. | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    11:Forestfire:2:205,207,210:
    La Chaux-de-Fonds - Le Locle, Val de Ruz - Colombier, Val de Travers
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 29.08.2016
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Canton of Vaud. | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    12:Forestfire:2:211,214,216,217,218,221,223,224,225,226,227,229,230,235:
    Aigle - Leysin, Bex - Villars, Broye, Gros-de-Vaud, Lausanne - Lavaux, Morges - Cossonay, Nyon - Terre Sainte, Oron – Haute-Broye, Pays-d'Enhaut, Plaine de l'Orbe, Préalpes vaudoises, Saint-Cergue, Vallée de Joux, Yverdon - Bevaix
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 26.08.2016
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Canton of Fribourg. | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    13:Forestfire:2:212,213,215,219,220,228:
    Basse-Gruyère, Estavayer - Cudrefin, Fribourg, Glâne, Jogne - Haute-Gruyere, Murten - Kerzers
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 26.08.2016
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Northern Ticino (TI). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    14:Forestfire:2:301,302,303:
    Alta Valmaggia, Blenio, Leventina