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Current natural hazards situation in Switzerland

Updated on: 22.04.2021, 04:15

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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:

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

Explanation of the danger level 2:

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

Explanation of the danger level 3:

  • Avalanches: exposed objects (mostly sections of transportation routes) can be endangered
  • Earthquakes: felt across a wide area, likelihood of minor damage to buildings
  • Floods: rivers may burst their banks locally in exposed places and flooding may occur.
  • Forest fires: surface fires are likely
  • Meteorological phenomena of an intensity slightly superior to the normal
Danger level 4 (High danger)

Explanation of the danger level 4:

  • Avalanches: exposed objects (mostly sections of transportation routes, but in isolated cases also buildings) can be endangered
  • Earthquakes: felt strongly, likelihood of damage to buildings
  • Floods: rivers may increasingly burst their banks and flooding may occur
  • Forest fires: surface fires are very likely
  • Meteorological phenomena of unusual intensity
Danger level 5 (Very high danger)

Explanation of the danger level 5:

  • Avalanches: transportation routes and settlements can be seriously endangered
  • Earthquakes: felt strongly, high likelihood of widespread and severe damage to buildings
  • Floods: rivers may burst their banks and flooding may occur in many places
  • Forest fires: fires can start at any time
  • Meteorological phenomena of very high intensity

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

No danger level

No evaluation

Current warnings issued for Switzerland

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  • Forest fire:High danger, level 4

    Effective from: 19.04.2021
    Measures such as fire bans are imposed by the cantons. These measures may vary from canton to canton.
    Affected regions
    Bergell / Bregaglia (GR), Moesano (GR), San Bernadino (GR), Val Poschiavo / Puschlav (GR)
    Affected regions
    Bergell / Bregaglia (GR), Moesano (GR), San Bernadino (GR), Val Poschiavo / Puschlav (GR)
    0:Forestfire:4:ForestFire:1016,1010,1009,1017:
  • Forest fire:Considerable danger, level 3

    Effective from: 19.04.2021
    Measures such as fire bans are imposed by the cantons. These measures may vary from canton to canton.
    Affected regions
    Bergün Filisur (GR), Domleschg (GR), Prättigau (GR), Rheintal (GR), Schams - Albula (GR), Schanfigg (GR), Surselva bassa (GR), Surses (GR)
    Affected regions
    Bergün Filisur (GR), Domleschg (GR), Prättigau (GR), Rheintal (GR), Schams - Albula (GR), Schanfigg (GR), Surselva bassa (GR), Surses (GR)
    1:Forestfire:3:ForestFire:1008,1004,1001,1000,1005,1003,1011,1007:
  • Forest fire:Considerable danger, level 3

    Effective from: 19.04.2021
    Measures such as fire bans are imposed by the cantons. These measures may vary from canton to canton.
    Affected regions
    Sion - Sierre - Leuk (VS), Visp - Brig - Aletsch (VS)
    Affected regions
    Sion - Sierre - Leuk (VS), Visp - Brig - Aletsch (VS)
    2:Forestfire:3:ForestFire:2408,2401:
  • Forest fire:Considerable danger, level 3

    Effective from: 16.04.2021
    Measures such as fire bans are imposed by the cantons. These measures may vary from canton to canton.
    Affected regions
    Central Ticino (TI), Sottoceneri (TI)
    Affected regions
    Central Ticino (TI), Sottoceneri (TI)
    3:Forestfire:3:ForestFire:2101,2102:
  • Frost:Moderate danger, level 2

    Validity: 22.04.2021, 00:00 - 22.04.2021, 08:00
    Lowest temperatures near ground: 0 to -4 degrees (moderate ground frost)
    Affected regions
    Aarau-Lenzburg, Amriswil, Basel, Bern-Mühleberg, Brienz-Interlaken, Burgdorf-Limpachtal, Effretikon, Emmen-Hochdorf, Entlebuch, Erstfeld-Engelberg, Flüelen-Unterschächen, Frick-Leibstadt, Frutigen-Kiental, Fürstenland, Gersau-Engelbergertal, Glarus Nord-Mitte, Goldau-Ägeri, Hulftegg-Untertoggenburg, Huttwil-Willisau, Langenthal, Laufental, Limmattal, Linthebene-Gaster, Luzern-Alpnach, Lyss-Grenchen, Marthalen-Stammheim, Muotathal, Oberes Baselbiet, Obertoggenburg, Olten-Gösgen, Pfungen-Hettlingen, Rheinfelden, Sarnen-Lungern, Schaffhausen, Schangnau-Sigriswil, Solothurn-Rothrist, St.Gallen-Rorschach, Steckborn-Müllheim, Sumiswald-Worb, Thal, Thalwil-Wetzikon, Thun-Belp, Turbenthal-Sirnach, Wohlen-Albis, Wädenswil-Rüti, Zofingen-Triengen, Zug-Knonau, Zurzach-Bülach
    Affected regions
    Aarau-Lenzburg, Amriswil, Basel, Bern-Mühleberg, Brienz-Interlaken, Burgdorf-Limpachtal, Effretikon, Emmen-Hochdorf, Entlebuch, Erstfeld-Engelberg, Flüelen-Unterschächen, Frick-Leibstadt, Frutigen-Kiental, Fürstenland, Gersau-Engelbergertal, Glarus Nord-Mitte, Goldau-Ägeri, Hulftegg-Untertoggenburg, Huttwil-Willisau, Langenthal, Laufental, Limmattal, Linthebene-Gaster, Luzern-Alpnach, Lyss-Grenchen, Marthalen-Stammheim, Muotathal, Oberes Baselbiet, Obertoggenburg, Olten-Gösgen, Pfungen-Hettlingen, Rheinfelden, Sarnen-Lungern, Schaffhausen, Schangnau-Sigriswil, Solothurn-Rothrist, St.Gallen-Rorschach, Steckborn-Müllheim, Sumiswald-Worb, Thal, Thalwil-Wetzikon, Thun-Belp, Turbenthal-Sirnach, Wohlen-Albis, Wädenswil-Rüti, Zofingen-Triengen, Zug-Knonau, Zurzach-Bülach
    4:Frost:2:MCH:101,102,103,104,105,106,107,109,114,115,116,117,118,120,121,123,124,125,126,127,128,131,132,133,134,135,136,139,140,141,142,143,144,145,146,147,150,151,152,154,155,159,160,161,162,163,167,169:
  • Frost:Moderate danger, level 2

    Validity: 21.04.2021, 23:30 - 22.04.2021, 08:00
    Lowest temperatures near ground: 0 to -4 degrees (moderate ground frost)
    Affected regions
    Aigle - Leysin, Ajoie, Basse-Gruyère, Bex - Villars, Bienne - Neuchâtel, Broye, Conthey - Fully, Delémont - Bellelay, Estavayer - Cudrefin, Franches-Montagnes, Fribourg, Glâne, Gros-de-Vaud, La Chaux-de-Fonds - Le Locle, Lötschental - Naters, Martigny - Verbier, Monthey - Val d'Illiez, Moutier - Tavannes, Murten - Kerzers, Nidau - Ins, Oron - Haute-Broye, Plaine de l'Orbe, Sion - Crans-Montana, Turtmanntal, Val d'Anniviers, Val d'Hérens, Val de Ruz - Colombier, Vallon de Saint-Imier, Vallée du Trient, Vispertal - Nanztal, Vouvry, Yverdon - Bevaix
    Affected regions
    Aigle - Leysin, Ajoie, Basse-Gruyère, Bex - Villars, Bienne - Neuchâtel, Broye, Conthey - Fully, Delémont - Bellelay, Estavayer - Cudrefin, Franches-Montagnes, Fribourg, Glâne, Gros-de-Vaud, La Chaux-de-Fonds - Le Locle, Lötschental - Naters, Martigny - Verbier, Monthey - Val d'Illiez, Moutier - Tavannes, Murten - Kerzers, Nidau - Ins, Oron - Haute-Broye, Plaine de l'Orbe, Sion - Crans-Montana, Turtmanntal, Val d'Anniviers, Val d'Hérens, Val de Ruz - Colombier, Vallon de Saint-Imier, Vallée du Trient, Vispertal - Nanztal, Vouvry, Yverdon - Bevaix
    5:Frost:2:MCH:201,202,203,204,205,206,207,208,209,211,212,213,214,215,217,218,219,220,226,230,231,232,233,235,236,237,239,240,242,243,244,247:
  • Avalanches:Moderate danger, level 2

    Validity: 21.04.2021, 17:00 - 22.04.2021, 18:00
    Level 2, moderate: No distinct avalanche problem
    In all aspects above approximately 2200m.

    Level 2, moderate: Wet avalanches as day progresses
    Affected regions
    Arolla, Emosson, Génépi, Haut Val de Bagnes, Monthey-Val d'Illiez, Val d'Entremont-Val Ferret
    Affected regions
    Arolla, Emosson, Génépi, Haut Val de Bagnes, Monthey-Val d'Illiez, Val d'Entremont-Val Ferret
    6:Avalanches:2:SLF:4116,1312,4112,4111,4123,4113:
  • Avalanches:Moderate danger, level 2

    Validity: 21.04.2021, 17:00 - 22.04.2021, 18:00
    Level 2, moderate: Wet avalanches as day progresses

    Level 1, low: No distinct avalanche problem
    Affected regions
    Adelboden, Aigle-Leysin, Alpstein – Alvier, alto Moesano, Appenzell Alps, basso Moesano, Bex-Villars, Binntal, Bisistal, Blüemlisalp, Brienz-Interlaken, Calanda, Central Glarus, Conthey-Fully, Eastern Bernese Prealps, Engelberg, Engstligen, Flims, Flumserberg, Gadmertal, Gersau, Glaubenberg, Grimsel Pass, Grindelwald, Gruyère, Gstaad, Guttannen, Hasliberg – Rosenlaui, Hohgant, Iffigen, Jaun, Jungfrau – Schilthorn, Kandersteg, Konkordia region, Lauterbrunnen, Lenk, Leuk, Leukerbad - Lötschental, Liechtenstein, Lower Valle Leventina, Lower Valle Maggia, Lugano area, Maderanertal, Meiental, Melchtal, Mendrisio area, Montana, Niedersimmental, Northern Glarus, Northern Obergoms, Northern Prättigau, Northern Tujetsch, Northern Urseren, Obersimmental, Pays d'Enhaut, Pilatus, Reckingen, Riederalp, Riviera, Rothenthurm, Sarganserland, Schreckhorn, Schwarzenberg, Schächental, Southern Glarus-Grosstal, Southern Glarus-Sernftal, Southern Obergoms, Southern Urseren, Stoos, Toggenburg, Upper Valle Leventina, Upper Valle Maggia, Uri Rotstock, Val Bedretto, Val Blenio, Vaud Prealps, Vouvry, Western Bernese Prealps, Wildhorn, Ybrig
    Affected regions
    Adelboden, Aigle-Leysin, Alpstein – Alvier, alto Moesano, Appenzell Alps, basso Moesano, Bex-Villars, Binntal, Bisistal, Blüemlisalp, Brienz-Interlaken, Calanda, Central Glarus, Conthey-Fully, Eastern Bernese Prealps, Engelberg, Engstligen, Flims, Flumserberg, Gadmertal, Gersau, Glaubenberg, Grimsel Pass, Grindelwald, Gruyère, Gstaad, Guttannen, Hasliberg – Rosenlaui, Hohgant, Iffigen, Jaun, Jungfrau – Schilthorn, Kandersteg, Konkordia region, Lauterbrunnen, Lenk, Leuk, Leukerbad - Lötschental, Liechtenstein, Lower Valle Leventina, Lower Valle Maggia, Lugano area, Maderanertal, Meiental, Melchtal, Mendrisio area, Montana, Niedersimmental, Northern Glarus, Northern Obergoms, Northern Prättigau, Northern Tujetsch, Northern Urseren, Obersimmental, Pays d'Enhaut, Pilatus, Reckingen, Riederalp, Riviera, Rothenthurm, Sarganserland, Schreckhorn, Schwarzenberg, Schächental, Southern Glarus-Grosstal, Southern Glarus-Sernftal, Southern Obergoms, Southern Urseren, Stoos, Toggenburg, Upper Valle Leventina, Upper Valle Maggia, Uri Rotstock, Val Bedretto, Val Blenio, Vaud Prealps, Vouvry, Western Bernese Prealps, Wildhorn, Ybrig
    7:Avalanches:2:SLF:5211,2134,3211,2133,2132,2131,1234,1233,1232,3311,1231,4242,1122,4241,1121,5111,4244,4243,1225,1224,1223,1222,3112,1228,3113,1227,1226,3111,6131,6132,3114,1221,4211,5121,4213,5124,1111,1113,1112,1114,4215,2112,4214,2111,4114,1311,2212,2211,6122,1211,1212,1213,6121,3224,2124,4121,3221,2121,3223,2123,3222,2122,1247,1246,1245,2223,1244,2224,6113,1243,2221,6114,1242,2222,6211,6115,1241,6212,6111,6112:
  • Avalanches:Moderate danger, level 2

    Validity: 21.04.2021, 17:00 - 22.04.2021, 18:00
    Level 2, moderate: No distinct avalanche problem
    In particular in west to north to east facing aspects above approximately 2400m.

    Level 2, moderate: Wet avalanches as day progresses
    Affected regions
    Albulatal, Avers, Bernina region, Bivio, Corvatsch, Davos, Domleschg – Lenzerheide, Eastern Silvretta, Lower Val Poschiavo, Lower Valleys of Visp, Martigny-Verbier, Mattmark, Monte Rosa, Mountet, Northern Simplon region, Obersaxen – Safien Valley, Rheinwald, Saas Fee, Samnaun, Savognin, Schams, Schanfigg, Southern Prättigau, Southern Simplon region, Southern Tujetsch, St Moritz, Sur Tasna, Turtmanntal, Upper Val Poschiavo, Val Bregaglia, Val Chamuera, Val d'Anniviers, Val d'Hérens, Val dal Spöl, Val Müstair, Val S-charl, Val Sumvitg, Val Suot, Western Silvretta, Zermatt, Zervreila, Zuoz
    Affected regions
    Albulatal, Avers, Bernina region, Bivio, Corvatsch, Davos, Domleschg – Lenzerheide, Eastern Silvretta, Lower Val Poschiavo, Lower Valleys of Visp, Martigny-Verbier, Mattmark, Monte Rosa, Mountet, Northern Simplon region, Obersaxen – Safien Valley, Rheinwald, Saas Fee, Samnaun, Savognin, Schams, Schanfigg, Southern Prättigau, Southern Simplon region, Southern Tujetsch, St Moritz, Sur Tasna, Turtmanntal, Upper Val Poschiavo, Val Bregaglia, Val Chamuera, Val d'Anniviers, Val d'Hérens, Val dal Spöl, Val Müstair, Val S-charl, Val Sumvitg, Val Suot, Western Silvretta, Zermatt, Zervreila, Zuoz
    8:Avalanches:2:SLF:5212,4115,4231,5214,4212,5122,5123,4232,7112,7113,7111,5216,5215,7114,7115,7222,7221,5222,5223,5221,4224,4223,4222,5112,4221,5113,4125,4124,4225,4122,7231,7126,7125,7124,7123,7122,7211,7121,5233,5234,5231,5232:
  • Forest fire:Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 20.04.2021
    Measures such as fire bans are imposed by the cantons. These measures may vary from canton to canton.
    Affected regions
    Lower Canton of Neuchâtel (NE)
    Affected regions
    Lower Canton of Neuchâtel (NE)
    9:Forestfire:2:ForestFire:1300:
  • Forest fire:Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 19.04.2021
    Measures such as fire bans are imposed by the cantons. These measures may vary from canton to canton.
    Affected regions
    Rheinwald (GR), Samnaun (GR), Scuol-Valsot (GR), Surselva ota (GR), Val Müstair (GR), Zernez (GR)
    Affected regions
    Rheinwald (GR), Samnaun (GR), Scuol-Valsot (GR), Surselva ota (GR), Val Müstair (GR), Zernez (GR)
    10:Forestfire:2:ForestFire:1006,1019,1013,1012,1018,1014:
  • Forest fire:Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 19.04.2021
    Measures such as fire bans are imposed by the cantons. These measures may vary from canton to canton.
    Affected regions
    Anniviers (VS), Anzère - Montana - Leukerbad (VS), Binn - Simplon north (VS), Fully - Chamoson (VS), Riddes - Saxon (VS)
    Affected regions
    Anniviers (VS), Anzère - Montana - Leukerbad (VS), Binn - Simplon north (VS), Fully - Chamoson (VS), Riddes - Saxon (VS)
    11:Forestfire:2:ForestFire:2407,2409,2402,2411,2412:
  • Forest fire:Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 16.04.2021
    Measures such as fire bans are imposed by the cantons. These measures may vary from canton to canton.
    Affected regions
    Northern Ticino (TI)
    Affected regions
    Northern Ticino (TI)
    12:Forestfire:2:ForestFire:2100:
  • Forest fire:Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 15.04.2021
    Measures such as fire bans are imposed by the cantons. These measures may vary from canton to canton.
    Affected regions
    Beatenberg / Interlaken (BE), Belp / Gürbetal (BE), Berne / Köniz / Zollikofen (BE), Bernese Jura east (BE), Biel/Bienne / Jurasuedfuss (BE), Biel/Bienne / Seeland east (BE), Boltigen / Simmental (BE), Emmental / Oberaargau (BE), Emmental / Oberaargau West (BE), Fraubrunnen (BE), Jura Südfuss (BE), Jura Südfuss / Seeland west (BE), Jura Südfuss north (BE), Jura west (BE), Lake Brienz / Sonn (BE), Lake Thun / Sonn / Sigriswil (BE), Meiringen / Oberhasli (BE), Mühleberg / Seedorf (BE), Oberaargau (BE), Thun (BE)
    Affected regions
    Beatenberg / Interlaken (BE), Belp / Gürbetal (BE), Berne / Köniz / Zollikofen (BE), Bernese Jura east (BE), Biel/Bienne / Jurasuedfuss (BE), Biel/Bienne / Seeland east (BE), Boltigen / Simmental (BE), Emmental / Oberaargau (BE), Emmental / Oberaargau West (BE), Fraubrunnen (BE), Jura Südfuss (BE), Jura Südfuss / Seeland west (BE), Jura Südfuss north (BE), Jura west (BE), Lake Brienz / Sonn (BE), Lake Thun / Sonn / Sigriswil (BE), Meiringen / Oberhasli (BE), Mühleberg / Seedorf (BE), Oberaargau (BE), Thun (BE)
    13:Forestfire:2:ForestFire:326,313,310,301,336,304,321,308,309,305,302,303,306,300,328,319,333,311,307,320:
  • Forest fire:Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 15.04.2021
    Measures such as fire bans are imposed by the cantons. These measures may vary from canton to canton.
    Affected regions
    Ajoie (JU), Delémont (JU), Franches-Montagnes (JU)
    Affected regions
    Ajoie (JU), Delémont (JU), Franches-Montagnes (JU)
    14:Forestfire:2:ForestFire:1100,1102,1101:
  • Forest fire:Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 06.04.2021
    Measures such as fire bans are imposed by the cantons. These measures may vary from canton to canton.
    Affected regions
    Dorneck / Thierstein (SO), Jura Südfuss - Olten (SO), Jura Südfuss - Solothurn (SO), Olten - Mittelland (SO), Solothurn - Mittelland (SO), Thal (SO)
    Affected regions
    Dorneck / Thierstein (SO), Jura Südfuss - Olten (SO), Jura Südfuss - Solothurn (SO), Olten - Mittelland (SO), Solothurn - Mittelland (SO), Thal (SO)
    15:Forestfire:2:ForestFire:1805,1802,1803,1801,1800,1804:
  • Forest fire:Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 01.04.2021
    Measures such as fire bans are imposed by the cantons. These measures may vary from canton to canton.
    Affected regions
    Canton of Geneva
    Affected regions
    Canton of Geneva
    16:Forestfire:2:ForestFire:800:
  • Forest fire:Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 31.03.2021
    Measures such as fire bans are imposed by the cantons. These measures may vary from canton to canton.
    Affected regions
    Canton of Uri
    Affected regions
    Canton of Uri
    17:Forestfire:2:ForestFire:2200:
  • Forest fire:Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 25.03.2021
    Measures such as fire bans are imposed by the cantons. These measures may vary from canton to canton.
    Affected regions
    Canton of Basel-Land
    Affected regions
    Canton of Basel-Land
    18:Forestfire:2:ForestFire:400:
  • Forest fire:Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 25.03.2021
    Measures such as fire bans are imposed by the cantons. These measures may vary from canton to canton.
    Affected regions
    Canton of Basel-Stadt
    Affected regions
    Canton of Basel-Stadt
    19:Forestfire:2:ForestFire:500:

Fire ban activated

Information on the measures taken in the cantons can be found on the FOEN website.
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