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The Trans-Canada Highway was buried by a massive avalanche. Watch the controlled slide

Avalanche technicians working for the Washington State Department of Transportation found this slide on a closed section of North Cascades Highway on March 16. To avoid similar surprises, the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation intentionally triggered a huge avalanche above the Trans-Canada Highway last week.
Avalanche technicians working for the Washington State Department of Transportation found this slide on a closed section of North Cascades Highway on March 16. To avoid similar surprises, the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation intentionally triggered a huge avalanche above the Trans-Canada Highway last week. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

It may have been controlled, but it looked like controlled chaos.

The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure on Friday released spectacular footage of a huge avalanche intentionally triggered as a control to reduce the snow load above the Trans-Canada Highway in the Lanark snowshed area near Revelstoke, B.C.

The dramatic video posted to Twitter shows just how much power an avalanche can pack and the speed that they can move:

The work forced the closure of the Trans-Canada Highway for a couple of days, according to a story on king5.com.

The safety work in Canada was not the only avalanche video to be posted on social media last week. According to a story posted Thursday by rt.com, Russian commuters in Moscow received a shock when a train pulling into the Koptevo station triggered an “avalanche” from the roof of the platform, causing snow to spill onto the train and platform like a waterfall.

Here is the video shared on Bgudok, the Russian media website:

The Moscow press service said nobody was injured in the incident and the train was not damaged.

Still want to head out in the snow?

Black Diamond Equipment is selling an inflatable backpack that “could save your life in the event of an avalanche,” according to a Twitter post by Mashable:

Prices for the Jetforce Avalanche airbags range from $1,029.95 to $1,149.95, according to blackdiamondequipment.com, but for those heading into the back country during the winter months, the price may be worth it.

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