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Current natural hazards situation in Switzerland

Updated on: 21.02.2020, 22:18

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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: High danger, level 4

    Effective from: 20.02.2020
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Bergell / Bregaglia (GR), Moesano (GR), San Bernadino (GR), Val Poschiavo / Puschlav (GR). - Absolute ban on fires in the open | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    0:Forestfire:4:304,308,312,313:
    Alto Moesano, Basso Moesano, Bregaglia, Poschiavo
  • Forest fire: High danger, level 4

    Effective from: 18.02.2020
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Central Ticino (TI), Northern Ticino (TI), Sottoceneri (TI). - Absolute ban on fires in the open | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    1:Forestfire:4:301,302,303,305,306,307,309,310,311:
    Alta Valmaggia, Bellinzonese, Blenio, Leventina, Locarnese, Luganese, Mendrisiotto, Riviera, Verzasca
  • Avalanches: Moderate danger, level 2

    Validity: 21.02.2020, 17:00 - 22.02.2020, 18:00
    Wind slabs
    In all aspects above approximately 2000m.
    2:Avalanches:2:3224,3112,2212,3113,1246,2221,2134,2222,3114,2211,3223,2123,2122:
    Bisistal, Engelberg, Flumserberg, Gadmertal, Glarus Mitte, Glarus Süd-Grosstal, Glarus Süd-Sernftal, Maderanertal, Meiental, Melchtal, Sarganserland, Schächental, Uri Rot Stock
  • Avalanches: Moderate danger, level 2

    Validity: 21.02.2020, 17:00 - 22.02.2020, 18:00
    Wind slabs
    In particular in west to north to east facing aspects above approximately 2400m.
    3:Avalanches:2:4223,4232,7112,7111,5216,4225,6113,5223,6114,5233,6115,6211,5234:
    alto Moesano, Avers, Bernina, Bivio, Bleniotal, Corvatsch, Mattmark, obere Maggiatäler, Rheinwald, Saas Fee, südliches Simplon Gebiet, untere Leventina, Zervreila
  • Avalanches: Moderate danger, level 2

    Validity: 21.02.2020, 17:00 - 22.02.2020, 18:00
    Wind slabs
    In particular in west to north to southeast facing aspects above approximately 2200m.
    4:Avalanches:2:5212,5211,4231,5215,1234,1233,1232,1231,3311,4242,4241,5112,5113,5111,4244,4243,1225,1224,1223,1222,1228,1227,1226,4116,4211,4115,5121,4213,4212,5124,1113,1112,1114,4112,4215,4111,4214,4114,4113,1311,1312,4224,4222,4221,4121,4125,4124,4123,3222,4122,1247,7122,2223,1245,7121,2224,1244,1243,1242,1241,6111,6112:
    Adelboden, Aigle-Leysin, Alpstein - Alvier, Arolla, Bedrettotal, Bex-Villars, Binntal, Blüemlisalp, Brienz-Interlaken, Calanda, Conthey-Fully, Emosson, Engstligen, Flims, Grimselpass, Grindelwald, Gstaad, Guttannen, Génépi, Hasliberg - Rosenlaui, Haut Val de Bagnes, Iffigen, Jungfrau - Schilthorn, Kandersteg, Konkordia Gebiet, Lauterbrunnen, Lenk, Leuk, Leukerbad - Lötschental, Liechtenstein, Martigny-Verbier, Montana, Monte Rosa, Monthey-Val d'Illiez, Mountet, nördliches Obergoms, nördliches Prättigau, nördliches Simplon Gebiet, nördliches Tujetsch, nördliches Urseren, obere Leventina, Obersimmental, Pays d'Enhaut, Reckingen, Riederalp, Samnaun, Schreckhorn, südliches Obergoms, südliches Prättigau, südliches Tujetsch, südliches Urseren, Turtmanntal, untere Vispertäler, Val d'Anniviers, Val d'Entremont-Val Ferret, Val d'Hérens, Val Sumvitg, Vouvry, westliche Silvretta, Wildhorn, Zermatt, östliche Silvretta
  • Avalanches: Moderate danger, level 2

    Validity: 21.02.2020, 17:00 - 22.02.2020, 18:00
    Old snow, wind slabs
    In particular in southwest to north to southeast facing aspects above approximately 2400m.
    5:Avalanches:2:5214,5122,5123,7113,7114,7115,7231,7126,7125,7124,7123,5222,5231,5232,5221:
    Albulatal, Davos, Domleschg - Lenzerheide, Münstertal, Obersaxen - Safiental, Savognin, Schams, Schanfigg, St. Moritz, Sur Tasna, Val Chamuera, Val dal Spöl, Val S-charl, Val Suot, Zuoz
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 20.02.2020
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Rheintal (GR), Surselva bassa (GR). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    6:Forestfire:2:165,166,172,173,179,180:
    Brigels, Domleschg, Flims-Laax, Landquart-Chur, Lugnez-Valsertal, Riein-Safiental
  • Avalanches: No or minor danger, level 1

    Validity: 21.02.2020, 17:00 - 22.02.2020, 18:00
    No distinct avalanche problem
    In all aspects above approximately 1800m.
    7:Avalanches:1:1122,1121,2124,1111,3211,2133,2132,2131,3221,2112,2121,2111,3111,1211,1221,1212,1213:
    Appenzeller Alpen, Gersau, Glarus Nord, Glaubenberg, Gruyère, Hohgant, Jaun, Niedersimmental, Pilatus, Rothenthurm, Schwarzenberg, Stoos, Toggenburg, Waadtländer Voralpen, westliche Berner Voralpen, Ybrig, östliche Berner Voralpen
  • Avalanches: No or minor danger, level 1

    Validity: 21.02.2020, 17:00 - 22.02.2020, 18:00
    No distinct avalanche problem
    8:Avalanches:1:7222,7221,7211,6131,6122,6212,6121:
    basso Moesano, Bergell, Luganese, oberes Puschlav, Riviera, untere Maggiatäler, unteres Puschlav
  • Avalanches: No or minor danger, level 1

    Validity: 21.02.2020, 17:00 - 22.02.2020, 18:00
    No distinct avalanche problem
    9:Avalanches:1:8114,8113,8112,8111,8213,8221,8212,8211:
    Biel- Neuenburg, La Chaux-de-Fonds - Le Locle, Saint-Cergue, Val de Ruz - Colombier, Val de Travers, Vallon de Saint-Imier, Vallée de Joux, Yverdon - Bevaix