Snow, avalanche risks strand 13,000 tourists in Swiss resort

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"Heavy snowfall and a high risk of avalanches stranded some 13,000 tourists Tuesday in the Swiss resort of Zermatt at the base of the famed Matterhorn mountain." claims seattletimes.com. GENEVA -- Unusually heavy snowfall and a high risk of Alpine avalanches stranded some 13,000 tourists Tuesday in the Swiss resort of Zermatt at the base of the famed Matterhorn mountain.Only tourists who requested the air bridge were being ferried out, the official said, insisting that it was not an official evacuation.The WSL Institute pointed to "mid-range and large spontaneous avalanches" in the area with the risk of more avalanches increasing.Authorities deployed helicopters to ferry some tourists out.

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