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Current natural hazards situation in Switzerland

Updated on: 20.04.2019, 08:24

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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: Considerable danger, level 3

    Validity: 19.04.2019, 17:00 - 20.04.2019, 18:00
    Wet avalanches as day progresses
    0:Avalanches:3:3223,6121,3222,6122,6115,6114,6211,6212,4213,4211,4212,6111,6112,6113,4221,5111,5112,2123,2122,7221,2121,7222,1223,1224,1225,1226,1221,1222,5234,1227,1228,1112,1114,1113,2132,7231,1213,1311,1312,4244,5113,5223,7126,3111,3112,3113,4111,5121,1242,1241,5231,5232,1244,5123,5233,1243,5122,1246,1245,1247,5216,5215,7211,5214,5124,5212,7115,4116,4115,4114,4113,4112,4121,4122,7121,7123,7122,7125,7124,5221,3311,2211,1233,2212,5222,1232,1231,1234,4223,4222,4124,4123,4125,7114,7113,7112,7111,2224,4231,4232,2221,2222,2223,5211,4242,4243,4241:
    Adelboden, Albulatal, Aletsch Gebiet, Alpstein - Alvier, Arolla, Avers, Bedrettotal, Bergell, Bernina, Binntal, Bivio, Bleniotal, Blüemlisalp, Brienzersee, Calanda, Corvatsch, Davos, Diemtigtal, Domleschg - Lenzerheide, Emosson, Engelberg, Engstligen, Flims, Gadmertal, Gantrisch, Gd-St-Bernard, Glarner Voralpen, Glaubenberg, Grimselpass, Grindelwald, Gstaad, Guttannen, Génépi, Hasliberg - Rosenlaui, Hohgant, Iffigen, Jungfrau - Schilthorn, Kandersteg, Lauterbrunnen, Lenk, Leysin, Liechtenstein, Linthal, Lötschental, Maderanertal, Mauvoisin, Meiental, Melchtal, Montana, Mountet, Muotatal, Münstertal, nördliches Obergoms, nördliches Prättigau, nördliches Simplon Gebiet, nördliches Tavetsch, nördliches Urseren, obere Leventina, obere Maggiatäler, oberes Misox/Calanca, oberes Puschlav, Oberhalbstein, Obersaxen - Safiental, Ovronnaz, Pays d'Enhaut, Reckingen, Rheinwald, Riviera, Saas Fee, Samnaun, Schams, Schanfigg, Schreckhorn, Schächental, Sernftal, St. Galler Oberland, St. Moritz, Sur Tasna, südliches Obergoms, südliches Prättigau, südliches Simplon Gebiet, südliches Tavetsch, südliches Urseren, Torgon, Turtmanntal, untere Leventina, untere Maggiatäler, untere Vispertäler, unteres Misox/Calanca, unteres Puschlav, Uri Rotstock, Val Chamuera, Val d'Anniviers, Val d'Hérens, Val d'Illiez, Val dal Spöl, Val S-charl, Val Sumvitg, Val Suot, Verbier, Villars, westliche Silvretta, Wildhorn, Zermatt, Zervreila, Zuoz, östliche Silvretta
  • Forest fire: Considerable danger, level 3

    Effective from: 18.04.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Beatenberg / Interlaken (BE), Biel/Bienne / Jurasuedfuss (BE), Boltigen / Obersimmental (BE), Boltigen / Simmental (BE), Jura Südfuss (BE), Jura Südfuss north (BE), Lake Brienz / Sonn (BE), Lake Thun / Sonn / Sigriswil (BE), Meiringen / Oberhasli (BE), Thun (BE). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    1:Forestfire:3:103,109,110,111,120,128,137,208:
    Bienne - Neuchâtel, Brienz-Interlaken, Meiringen-Gadmertal, Niedersimmental, Obersimmental, Schangnau-Sigriswil, Thal, Thun-Belp
  • Forest fire: Considerable danger, level 3

    Effective from: 18.04.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Domleschg (GR), Moesano (GR), Prättigau (GR), Rheintal (GR), Schanfigg (GR), Surselva bassa (GR), Surselva ota (GR). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    2:Forestfire:3:157,158,165,166,172,173,179,180,182,183,308:
    Basso Moesano, Brigels, Domleschg, Flims-Laax, Landquart-Chur, Lugnez-Valsertal, nördliches Tavetsch, Riein-Safiental, Schanfigg, Schiers, Val Medel-Sumvitg
  • Forest fire: Considerable danger, level 3

    Effective from: 18.04.2019
    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.
    3: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: 17.04.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Jura Südfuss - Olten (SO), Jura Südfuss - Solothurn (SO). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    4:Forestfire:3:104,116:
    Olten-Gösgen, Solothurn-Rothrist
  • Avalanches: Moderate danger, level 2

    Validity: 19.04.2019, 17:00 - 20.04.2019, 18:00
    Wet avalanches as day progresses
    5:Avalanches:2:1121,1111,1212,2131,1211,2111,3211,3221:
    Appenzeller Alpen, Entlebuch, Freiburger Alpen, Schwyzer Voralpen, Toggenburg, Waadtländer Voralpen, westliche Berner Voralpen, östliche Berner Voralpen
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 18.04.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Aaretal and Kiesental (BE), Belp / Gürbetal (BE), Berne / Köniz / Zollikofen (BE), Bernese Jura east (BE), Biel/Bienne / Seeland east (BE), Emmental / Oberaargau (BE), Emmental / Oberaargau West (BE), Emmental Nord (BE), Eriz (BE), Fraubrunnen (BE), Gadmen east, Gantrisch / Riggisberg (BE), Guttannen / Gadmen (BE), Habkern (BE), Innertkirchen / Gadmen / Sonn (BE), Innertkirchen / Schatt (BE), Interlaken / Lake Brienz / Schatt (BE), Jura Südfuss / Seeland west (BE), Jura west (BE), Kandertal / Adelboden (BE), Langnau / Napf (BE), Lauterbrunnen / Grindelwald (BE), Mühleberg / Seedorf (BE), Oberaargau (BE), Saanen west / Lauenen (BE), Schangnau (BE), Spiez Diemtigtal. | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    6:Forestfire:2:104,105,106,107,108,109,111,112,113,117,118,119,120,121,122,126,128,129,130,137,138,204,206,209:
    Adelboden-Kandersteg, Bern-Mühleberg, Brienz-Interlaken, Burgdorf-Limpachtal, Frutigen-Kiental, Grindelwald, Huttwil-Willisau, Innertkirchen-Guttannen, Langenthal, Langnau-Eggiwil, Lauterbrunnen-Wilderswil, Lyss-Grenchen, Meiringen-Gadmertal, Moutier - Tavannes, Nidau - Ins, Obersimmental, Saanen-Gsteig, Schangnau-Sigriswil, Solothurn-Rothrist, St. Stephan-Lenk, Sumiswald-Worb, Thun-Belp, Vallon de Saint-Imier, Wahlern-Plaffeien
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 18.04.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Bergell / Bregaglia (GR), Bergün Filisur (GR), Rheinwald (GR), San Bernadino (GR), Schams - Albula (GR), Scuol-Valsot (GR), Surses (GR), Tavau - Klosters (GR), Val Müstair (GR), Val Poschiavo / Puschlav (GR), Zernez (GR). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    7:Forestfire:2:174,181,184,185,186,187,188,304,312,313,314,317,318,319:
    Albulatal, Alto Moesano, Bivio-Avers, Bregaglia, Davos, Küblis-Klosters, Poschiavo, Rheinwald, S'charl-d'Uina, Savognin, Schams, Scuol-Samnaun, Val Monastero, Zernez
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 18.04.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Fully - Chamoson (VS), Martigny - Trient (VS), 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.
    8:Forestfire:2:233,236,237,240,242:
    Conthey - Fully, Lötschental - Naters, Martigny - Verbier, Val d'Hérens, Vallée du Trient
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 17.04.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Dorneck / Thierstein (SO), Olten - Mittelland (SO), Solothurn - Mittelland (SO), Thal (SO). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    9:Forestfire:2:101,102,103,104:
    Basel, Laufental, Solothurn-Rothrist, Thal
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 17.04.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Ajoie (JU), Delémont (JU), Franches-Montagnes (JU). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    10:Forestfire:2:102,201,202,203,204:
    Ajoie, Delémont - Bellelay, Franches-Montagnes, Laufental, Moutier - Tavannes