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Current natural hazards situation in Switzerland

Updated on: 16.02.2019, 22:29

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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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  • Forest fire: Considerable danger, level 3

    Effective from: 15.02.2019
    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.
    0:Forestfire:3:305,306,307,309,310,311:
    Bellinzonese, Locarnese, Luganese, Mendrisiotto, Riviera, Verzasca
  • Avalanches: Moderate danger, level 2

    Validity: 16.02.2019, 17:00 - 17.02.2019, 18:00
    Dry avalanches
    1:Avalanches:2:1121,5111,5112,5113,2123,2122,2121,3223,3222,3111,1223,3112,1224,3113,1225,1226,1221,1222,5121,1242,1241,1244,1243,1227,1246,2221,1228,1245,2222,1247,1112,1111,1114,1113,2132,1213,3311,2211,1233,2212,1232,1231,1311,1312,1234:
    Adelboden, Alpstein - Alvier, Blüemlisalp, Brienzersee, Calanda, Diemtigtal, Engelberg, Engstligen, Freiburger Alpen, Gadmertal, Gantrisch, Glarner Voralpen, Glaubenberg, Grimselpass, Grindelwald, Gstaad, Guttannen, Hasliberg - Rosenlaui, Hohgant, Iffigen, Jungfrau - Schilthorn, Kandersteg, Lauterbrunnen, Lenk, Leysin, Liechtenstein, Linthal, Maderanertal, Meiental, Melchtal, Muotatal, nördliches Prättigau, Pays d'Enhaut, Schreckhorn, Schächental, Sernftal, St. Galler Oberland, südliches Prättigau, Torgon, Uri Rotstock, Val d'Illiez, Villars, Waadtländer Voralpen, westliche Silvretta, Wildhorn
  • Avalanches: Moderate danger, level 2

    Validity: 16.02.2019, 17:00 - 17.02.2019, 18:00
    Dry avalanches
    2:Avalanches:2:4244,5223,7126,4111,5231,5123,5232,5122,5233,5216,5215,5214,5124,5212,4213,7115,4211,4212,4116,4115,4114,4113,4112,4121,4122,7121,4221,7123,7122,7125,7124,5221,5222,4222,4124,4123,4125,7114,7113,7112,7111,2224,4231,5234,2223,5211,7231,4242,4243,4241:
    Albulatal, Aletsch Gebiet, Arolla, Avers, Bernina, Binntal, Bivio, Corvatsch, Davos, Domleschg - Lenzerheide, Emosson, Flims, Gd-St-Bernard, Génépi, Lötschental, Mauvoisin, Montana, Mountet, Münstertal, nördliches Obergoms, nördliches Simplon Gebiet, nördliches Tavetsch, nördliches Urseren, Oberhalbstein, Obersaxen - Safiental, Ovronnaz, Reckingen, Rheinwald, Samnaun, Schams, Schanfigg, St. Moritz, Sur Tasna, südliches Obergoms, südliches Tavetsch, südliches Urseren, Turtmanntal, untere Vispertäler, Val Chamuera, Val d'Anniviers, Val d'Hérens, Val dal Spöl, Val S-charl, Val Sumvitg, Val Suot, Verbier, Zermatt, Zervreila, Zuoz, östliche Silvretta
  • Avalanches: Moderate danger, level 2

    Validity: 16.02.2019, 17:00 - 17.02.2019, 18:00
    Dry avalanches
    3:Avalanches:2:6211,6115,6212,6114,7211,4223,7221,7222,4232,6111,6112,6113:
    Bedrettotal, Bergell, Bleniotal, obere Leventina, obere Maggiatäler, oberes Misox/Calanca, oberes Puschlav, Saas Fee, südliches Simplon Gebiet, untere Leventina, unteres Misox/Calanca, unteres Puschlav
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 15.02.2019
    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.
    4:Forestfire:2:301,302,303:
    Alta Valmaggia, Blenio, Leventina
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 14.02.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Riddes - Saxon (VS), Sion - Sierre - Leuk (VS). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    5:Forestfire:2:237,240:
    Martigny - Verbier, Val d'Hérens
  • Earthquakes: No or minor danger, level 1

    16.02.2019, 19:50 Magnitude 2.7 earthquake at Aiguille de Leschaux I. May be felt in this warning area. No damage likely.
    6:Earthquake:1:232,233,234,235,236,237,238,241:176,446
    Arolla, Bex - Villars, Conthey - Fully, Haut val de Bagnes, Martigny - Verbier, Monthey - Val d'Illiez, Val d'Entremont - Val Ferret, Vallée du Trient
  • Avalanches: No or minor danger, level 1

    Validity: 16.02.2019, 17:00 - 17.02.2019, 18:00
    Gliding avalanches, Wet avalanches as day progresses
    7:Avalanches:1:1212,2131,1211,2111,3211,3221:
    Appenzeller Alpen, Entlebuch, Schwyzer Voralpen, Toggenburg, westliche Berner Voralpen, östliche Berner Voralpen
  • Avalanches: No or minor danger, level 1

    Validity: 16.02.2019, 17:00 - 17.02.2019, 18:00
    Dry avalanches
    8:Avalanches:1:6132,6131,6121,6122:
    Luganese, Mendrisiotto, Riviera, untere Maggiatäler
  • Avalanches: No or minor danger, level 1

    Validity: 16.02.2019, 17:00 - 17.02.2019, 18:00
    Gliding avalanches, Wet avalanches as day progresses
    9:Avalanches:1:8221,8212,8224,8211,8214,8213,8222,8215,8216,8114,8112,8113,8111:
    Bienne - Neuchâtel, Delémont - Bellelay, Franches-Montagnes, La Chaux-de-Fonds - Le Locle, Moutier - Tavannes, Olten-Gösgen, Saint-Cergue, Thal, Val de Ruz - Colombier, Val de Travers, Vallon de Saint-Imier, Vallée de Joux, Yverdon - Bevaix