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Avalanche Buries 12 Skiers in Japan

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Avalanche Buries 12 Skiers in Japan


By Associated Press
Published January 3, 2006, 9:29 AM CST

TOKYO -- An avalanche at a ski resort in northwestern Japan buried 12 skiers and resort workers, badly injuring at least one, police said Tuesday.

The avalanche struck around 5:20 p.m. (0820 GMT) at Naeba ski resort in Niigata prefecture (state), burying 12 people including a worker in an observatory hut who suffered some fractured ribs, said a local police official who gave only his last name, Saito.

Another 11 people were treated for minor cuts and bruises at a nearby clinic, Saito said.

All 12 were pulled from the snow by other skiers before authorities arrived on the scene, and police are "99 percent sure" that no others remained buried, Saito said.

Niigata, about 155 miles northwest of Tokyo, has recently been hit with heavy snowfall. The weather agency warned that snow clouds could dump another 31 inches of snow in the region through late Wednesday.




Copyright © 2005, The Associated Press
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12 buried but none (really) hurt? Wow! That's great news!
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if they where "pulled" from the slide I dont think full burial
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