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Current natural hazards situation in Switzerland

Updated on: 21.07.2019, 11:09

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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

  (28 Messages)   show
  • Heat waves: Considerable danger, level 3

    Validity: 22.07.2019, 12:00 - 26.07.2019, 18:00
    - Highest temperatures and humidity: 33 - 35 °C, 30 - 45 %
    - Lowest night temperatures: 21 - 24 °C
    - Peak phase of the event: Tue 12 - Thu 18
    - Temporary mitigation: -
    0:Heat-Wave:3:305,306,307,308,309,310,311:
    Basso Moesano, Bellinzonese, Locarnese, Luganese, Mendrisiotto, Riviera, Verzasca
  • Forest fire: Considerable danger, level 3

    Effective from: 18.07.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Dorneck / Thierstein (SO), Jura Südfuss - Olten (SO), Jura Südfuss - Solothurn (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.
    1:Forestfire:3:101,102,103,104,116:
    Basel, Laufental, Olten-Gösgen, Solothurn-Rothrist, Thal
  • Forest fire: Considerable danger, level 3

    Effective from: 18.07.2019
    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.
    2:Forestfire:3:102,201,202,203,204:
    Ajoie, Delémont - Bellelay, Franches-Montagnes, Laufental, Moutier - Tavannes
  • Forest fire: Considerable danger, level 3

    Effective from: 18.07.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Berne / Köniz / Zollikofen (BE), Bernese Jura east (BE), Biel/Bienne / Jurasuedfuss (BE), Biel/Bienne / Seeland east (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), Mühleberg / Seedorf (BE), Oberaargau (BE). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    3:Forestfire:3:103,104,105,106,107,117,126,204,206,208,209:
    Bern-Mühleberg, Bienne - Neuchâtel, Burgdorf-Limpachtal, Huttwil-Willisau, Langenthal, Lyss-Grenchen, Moutier - Tavannes, Nidau - Ins, Solothurn-Rothrist, Thal, Vallon de Saint-Imier
  • Forest fire: Considerable danger, level 3

    Effective from: 18.07.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Bergün Filisur (GR), Domleschg (GR), Moesano (GR), Prättigau (GR), Rheintal (GR), San Bernadino (GR), Schams - Albula (GR), Schanfigg (GR), Scuol-Valsot (GR), Surselva bassa (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.
    4:Forestfire:3:165,166,172,173,179,180,181,182,183,187,304,308,313,314,317,318,319:
    Albulatal, Alto Moesano, Basso Moesano, Brigels, Domleschg, Flims-Laax, Landquart-Chur, Lugnez-Valsertal, Poschiavo, Riein-Safiental, S'charl-d'Uina, Schams, Schanfigg, Schiers, Scuol-Samnaun, Val Monastero, Zernez
  • Forest fire: Considerable danger, level 3

    Effective from: 18.07.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Anzère - Montana - Leukerbad (VS), 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.
    5:Forestfire:3:233,236,237,239,240,242:
    Conthey - Fully, Lötschental - Naters, Martigny - Verbier, Sion - Crans-Montana, Val d'Hérens, Vallée du Trient
  • Forest fire: Considerable danger, level 3

    Effective from: 17.07.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Canton of Geneva. | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    6:Forestfire:3:222,223:
    Genève, Nyon - Terre Sainte
  • Forest fire: Considerable danger, level 3

    Effective from: 17.07.2019
    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.
    7: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: 27.06.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Canton of Basel-Stadt. | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    8:Forestfire:3:101:
    Basel
  • Forest fire: Considerable danger, level 3

    Effective from: 27.06.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Canton of Basel-Land. | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    9:Forestfire:3:101,102,115:
    Basel, Laufental, Oberes Baselbiet
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 19.07.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Canton of Uri. | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    10:Forestfire:2:147,148,149,154,155,156:
    Erstfeld-Engelberg, Flüelen-Unterschächen, Maderanertal, Muotathal, Urner Oberland, Urserntal
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 19.07.2019
    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.
    11:Forestfire:2:177:
    Liechtenstein
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 18.07.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Aaretal and Kiesental (BE), Beatenberg / Interlaken (BE), Belp / Gürbetal (BE), Boltigen / Obersimmental (BE), Boltigen / Simmental (BE), Emmental Nord (BE), Eriz (BE), Gadmen east, Gantrisch / Riggisberg (BE), Guttannen / Gadmen (BE), Habkern (BE), Innertkirchen / Gadmen / Sonn (BE), Innertkirchen / Schatt (BE), Interlaken / Lake Brienz / Schatt (BE), Kandertal / Adelboden (BE), Lake Brienz / Sonn (BE), Lake Thun / Sonn / Sigriswil (BE), Langnau / Napf (BE), Lauterbrunnen / Grindelwald (BE), Meiringen / Oberhasli (BE), Saanen west / Lauenen (BE), Schangnau (BE), Spiez Diemtigtal, Thun (BE). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    12:Forestfire:2:108,109,110,111,112,113,118,119,120,121,122,128,129,130,137,138:
    Adelboden-Kandersteg, Brienz-Interlaken, Frutigen-Kiental, Grindelwald, Innertkirchen-Guttannen, Langnau-Eggiwil, Lauterbrunnen-Wilderswil, Meiringen-Gadmertal, Niedersimmental, Obersimmental, Saanen-Gsteig, Schangnau-Sigriswil, St. Stephan-Lenk, Sumiswald-Worb, Thun-Belp, Wahlern-Plaffeien
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 18.07.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Bergell / Bregaglia (GR), Engiadina Ota / Oberengadin (GR), Rheinwald (GR), Samnaun (GR), Surselva ota (GR), Surses (GR), Tavau - Klosters (GR). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    13:Forestfire:2:157,158,174,184,185,186,188,312,315,316,319:
    Bivio-Avers, Bregaglia, Davos, Küblis-Klosters, nördliches Tavetsch, Rheinwald, San Moritz, Savognin, Scuol-Samnaun, Val Medel-Sumvitg, Zuoz
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 18.07.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Anniviers (VS), Binn - Simplon north (VS), Chablais (VS), Goms (VS), Lötschental (VS), Simplon south (VS), Val d'Entremont (VS), Val d'Hérens - Val d'Hérémence (VS), Val d'Illiez (VS), Val de Bagnes (VS), Vernayaz - St-Maurice (VS), Zermatt - Saastal (VS), Äusseres Nikolaital - Turmanntal (VS). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    14:Forestfire:2:231,232,234,238,241,243,244,245,246,247,248,249,250,251,252:
    Aletschgebiet, Arolla, Binntal, Brig - nördliches Simplongebiet, Haut val de Bagnes, Monthey - Val d'Illiez, Oberes Mattertal, Oberes Saastal, Obergoms, südliches Simplongebiet, Turtmanntal, Val d'Anniviers, Val d'Entremont - Val Ferret, Vispertal - Nanztal, Vouvry
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 09.07.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Basse Gruyère (FR), Broye (FR), Haute Gruyère - Jogne (FR), Haute Singine (FR), Lac (FR), Sarine - Basse Singine (FR), Veveyse - Glâne (FR). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    15:Forestfire:2:107,108,212,213,214,215,219,220,226,227,228:
    Basse-Gruyère, Bern-Mühleberg, Broye, Estavayer - Cudrefin, Fribourg, Glâne, Jogne - Haute-Gruyere, Murten - Kerzers, Oron – Haute-Broye, Préalpes vaudoises, Wahlern-Plaffeien
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 08.07.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Lower Canton of Neuchâtel (NE), Neuchatel mountains (NE). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    16:Forestfire:2:205,207,208,210,211,212:
    Bienne - Neuchâtel, Estavayer - Cudrefin, La Chaux-de-Fonds - Le Locle, Val de Ruz - Colombier, Val de Travers, Yverdon - Bevaix
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 01.07.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Canton of Thurgau. | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    17:Forestfire:2:140,141,150,151,159:
    Amriswil, Marthalen-Stammheim, Pfungen-Hettlingen, Steckborn-Müllheim, Turbenthal-Sirnach
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 28.06.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Canton of Lucerne. | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    18:Forestfire:2:125,126,127,134,135,136:
    Emmen-Hochdorf, Entlebuch, Huttwil-Willisau, Luzern-Alpnach, Sarnen-Lungern, Zofingen-Triengen
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 28.06.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Nidwalden. | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    19:Forestfire:2:135,146:
    Gersau-Engelbergertal, Luzern-Alpnach
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 28.06.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Obwalden. | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    20:Forestfire:2:136,146:
    Gersau-Engelbergertal, Sarnen-Lungern
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 28.06.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Canton of Zug. | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    21:Forestfire:2:144,145:
    Goldau-Ägeri, Zug-Knonau
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 28.06.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Canton of Schwyz. | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    22:Forestfire:2:145,153,154,162:
    Einsiedeln-Wägital, Goldau-Ägeri, Linthebene-Gaster, Muotathal
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 28.06.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Appenzell Ausserrhoden. | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    23:Forestfire:2:168:
    Appenzell
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 27.06.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Alttoggenburg (SG), Gaster (SG), Lake Walsenstadt (SG), Obertoggenburg (SG), Rheintal (SG), Sargans (SG), St.Gallen (SG), Werdenberg (SG), Wil (SG). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    24:Forestfire:2:160,161,162,167,169,170,175,176,178:
    Fürstenland, Hulftegg-Untertoggenburg, Kerenzerberg-Seeztal, Linthebene-Gaster, Obertoggenburg, Rheintal, Sarganserland, St.Gallen-Rorschach, Werdenberg
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 27.06.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Appenzell Innerrhoden. | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    25:Forestfire:2:168:
    Appenzell
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 25.06.2019
    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.
    26:Forestfire:2:163,164,171:
    Glarus Nord-Mitte, Glarus Süd-Grosstal, Glarus Süd-Sernftal
  • Forest fire: Moderate danger, level 2

    Effective from: 22.05.2019
    Danger of forest fire for the following regions: Jura - Côte (VD), Plateau vaudois (VD), Vaudoises Alps (VD). | More information on measures in force in the cantons to be found on the FOEN Website.
    27:Forestfire:2:211,212,213,214,216,217,218,221,223,224,225,226,227,229,230,235:
    Aigle - Leysin, Bex - Villars, Broye, Estavayer - Cudrefin, Gros-de-Vaud, Lausanne - Lavaux, Morges - Cossonay, Murten - Kerzers, Nyon - Terre Sainte, Oron – Haute-Broye, Pays-d'Enhaut, Plaine de l'Orbe, Préalpes vaudoises, Saint-Cergue, Vallée de Joux, Yverdon - Bevaix