D4 avalanche hits Mount Shasta

A potentially historic avalanche hit Avalanche Gulch on Mount Shasta.

Posted: Feb 18, 2019 7:33 AM
Updated: Feb 18, 2019 9:21 AM

MOUNT SHASTA, Calif.- A potentially historic avalanche hit Avalanche Gulch on Mount Shasta.

The Mount Shasta Avalanche Center says this event happened Wednesday, Feb. 13, due to a rapid increase in temperatures following several feet of snow overnight. The avalanche ran for several miles and stretched nearly 4,000 vertical feet. 

According to the U.S. Forest Service, this qualifies the pileup as a category D4 avalanche, just one level away from the largest. It is strong enough to destroy a large truck, several buildings or even a small village.

They say that it ended at an elevation of 7,200 feet and that no one was on the mountain at the time. 

This could break previous records, making it a historic event. 

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