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Current natural hazards situation in Switzerland

Updated on: 17.01.2020, 13:25

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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: 09.01.2020
    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.
    0:Forestfire:3:301,302,303,305,306,307,309,310,311:
    Alta Valmaggia, Bellinzonese, Blenio, Leventina, Locarnese, Luganese, Mendrisiotto, Riviera, Verzasca
  • Avalanches: Moderate danger, level 2

    Validity: 17.01.2020, 08:00 - 17.01.2020, 18:00
    Wind slabs
    In particular in northwest to north to east facing aspects above approximately 2000m.
    1:Avalanches:2:1225,1311,1224,1312,1223,1222,1228,1227,1226,1113,1112,1114,4112,4111,4114,4113:
    Adelboden, Aigle-Leysin, Bex-Villars, Conthey-Fully, Emosson, Engstligen, Gstaad, Génépi, Iffigen, Lenk, Monthey-Val d'Illiez, Obersimmental, Pays d'Enhaut, Val d'Entremont-Val Ferret, Vouvry, Wildhorn
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 16.01.2020
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Principality of Liechtenstein. | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    2:Forestfire:2:177:
    Liechtenstein
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 15.01.2020
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Northern Glarus (GL), Southern Glarus - Grosstal (GL), Southern Glarus - Sernftal (GL). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    3:Forestfire:2:163,164,171:
    Glarus Nord-Mitte, Glarus Süd-Grosstal, Glarus Süd-Sernftal
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 14.01.2020
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Bergell / Bregaglia (GR), Domleschg (GR), Moesano (GR), Rheintal (GR), San Bernadino (GR), Val Poschiavo / Puschlav (GR). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    4:Forestfire:2:172,179,180,304,308,312,313:
    Alto Moesano, Basso Moesano, Bregaglia, Domleschg, Flims-Laax, Landquart-Chur, Poschiavo
  • Avalanches: No or minor danger, level 1

    Validity: 17.01.2020, 08:00 - 17.01.2020, 18:00
    Wind slabs
    5:Avalanches:1:1122,1121,8112,8111,1111,1221:
    Gruyère, Jaun, Niedersimmental, Saint-Cergue, Vallée de Joux, Waadtländer Voralpen
  • Avalanches: No or minor danger, level 1

    Validity: 17.01.2020, 08:00 - 17.01.2020, 18:00
    Gliding avalanches
    6:Avalanches:1:4116,4224,4115,5214,4222,5112,4212,4221,5122,5123,7113,4125,4124,7114,4123,7115,4122,7126,7125,7124,7123,5222,5234,5231,5232,5221:
    Albulatal, Arolla, Bivio, Davos, Domleschg - Lenzerheide, Haut Val de Bagnes, Martigny-Verbier, Monte Rosa, Mountet, Obersaxen - Safiental, Savognin, Schams, Schanfigg, St. Moritz, Sur Tasna, südliches Prättigau, Turtmanntal, untere Vispertäler, Val Chamuera, Val d'Anniviers, Val d'Hérens, Val dal Spöl, Val S-charl, Val Suot, Zermatt, Zuoz
  • Avalanches: No or minor danger, level 1

    Validity: 17.01.2020, 08:00 - 17.01.2020, 18:00
    Gliding avalanches
    7:Avalanches:1:5212,5211,4231,4232,7112,2134,7111,5216,5215,1234,7222,1233,7221,1232,1231,3311,4242,4241,5113,5111,4244,4243,7231,3112,3113,6131,3114,4211,4213,5121,5124,4215,4214,2212,5223,2211,6122,6121,3224,4223,4121,2123,3223,3222,2122,4225,1247,1246,7122,2223,1245,7211,7121,2224,1244,6113,2221,1243,6114,2222,1242,6211,6115,5233,1241,6212,6111,6112:
    Alpstein - Alvier, alto Moesano, Avers, basso Moesano, Bedrettotal, Bergell, Bernina, Binntal, Bisistal, Bleniotal, Blüemlisalp, Brienz-Interlaken, Calanda, Corvatsch, Engelberg, Flims, Flumserberg, Gadmertal, Glarus Mitte, Glarus Süd-Grosstal, Glarus Süd-Sernftal, Grimselpass, Grindelwald, Guttannen, Hasliberg - Rosenlaui, Jungfrau - Schilthorn, Kandersteg, Konkordia Gebiet, Lauterbrunnen, Leuk, Leukerbad - Lötschental, Liechtenstein, Luganese, Maderanertal, Mattmark, Meiental, Melchtal, Montana, Münstertal, nördliches Obergoms, nördliches Prättigau, nördliches Simplon Gebiet, nördliches Tujetsch, nördliches Urseren, obere Leventina, obere Maggiatäler, oberes Puschlav, Reckingen, Rheinwald, Riederalp, Riviera, Saas Fee, Samnaun, Sarganserland, Schreckhorn, Schächental, südliches Obergoms, südliches Simplon Gebiet, südliches Tujetsch, südliches Urseren, untere Leventina, untere Maggiatäler, unteres Puschlav, Uri Rot Stock, Val Sumvitg, westliche Silvretta, Zervreila, östliche Silvretta
  • Avalanches: No or minor danger, level 1

    Validity: 17.01.2020, 08:00 - 17.01.2020, 18:00
    Dry avalanches: no distinct avalanche problem
    8:Avalanches:1:8114,8113,2124,2133,3211,2132,2131,8213,3221,2112,2121,8212,2111,8211,3111,1211,1212,1213:
    Appenzeller Alpen, Biel- Neuenburg, Gersau, Glarus Nord, Glaubenberg, Hohgant, Pilatus, Rothenthurm, Schwarzenberg, Stoos, Toggenburg, Val de Ruz - Colombier, Val de Travers, Vallon de Saint-Imier, westliche Berner Voralpen, Ybrig, Yverdon - Bevaix, östliche Berner Voralpen