On 24 September, the Fondazione Montagna Sicura (Safe Mountain Foundation) issued an avalanche warning on the Planpincieux Glacier, which is located on the eastern slope of the Grandes Jorasses peak.
This huge glacier of Mont Blanc is on the Italian side of the mountain. According to a statement issued by the local authority, the two roads leading to it had to be closed, as it is expected that about 250 thousand cubic metres of ice may break off the glacier.
“The mountain is going through a period of major change due to climate factors and, therefore, it is particularly vulnerable,” the Italian news agency ANSA quoted Stefano Miserocchi, the mayor of the town of Courmayeur.
The foundation has been monitoring the condition of the mountain since 2013. The 4810-metre Mont Blanc, situated near the Italian–French border, is the tallest peak of the Alps.
Source: MTI – Hungarian News Agency
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