. Earth Science News .

Toxic gases hamper search at Pakistan avalanche site
by Staff Writers
Islamabad (AFP) April 17, 2012

Toxic gases Tuesday hampered the search for 138 people buried by an avalanche at a high-altitude Pakistan army camp, as teams from the United States and Norway arrived at the site to help operations.

A huge wall of snow crashed into the remote Siachen Glacier base high in the mountains in disputed Kashmir more than a week ago, smothering an area of one square kilometre (a third of a square mile).

Rescuers have dug tunnels in the hard mass of snow and ice to try to reach the buried soldiers and civilians at the Gayari base, but toxic gases have built up inside one of them, the military said in a statement.

A rise in the temperature has increased the risk of further snow slides, the statement said, forcing workers on the site to take extra precautions.

Specialist teams from Norway and the United States arrived at Gayari, while Swiss and German teams have returned home after helping the efforts.

Search teams are looking for the trapped soldiers and civilians at six different points on the site, around 4,000 metres (13,000 feet) up in the mountains.

More than 450 rescuers are working at the site near the de facto border with India in the militarised region of Kashmir, though experts have said there is virtually no chance of finding any survivors.

Kashmir has been the cause of two wars between India and Pakistan and the nuclear-armed rivals fought over Siachen in 1987, though guns on the glacier have largely fallen silent since a peace process began in 2004.

Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
A world of storm and tempest
When the Earth Quakes

Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
Buy Advertising Editorial Enquiries


. Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Quake-hit Christchurch to build cardboard cathedral
Wellington (AFP) April 16, 2012
A temporary cathedral made from cardboard will be built in Christchurch to replace the historic Anglican building destroyed in last year's earthquakes, Church officials said Monday. The spire of the original cathedral, a symbol of the New Zealand city, collapsed in the February 2011 quake that killed 185 people and the structure was condemned after sustaining more damage during tremors in Ju ... read more

Toxic gases hamper search at Pakistan avalanche site

New underwater images show damage at Fukushima

Quake-hit Christchurch to build cardboard cathedral

Indonesia warns runaway prisoners after quake chaos

New Technique Helps Ensure Reliability of Microelectronic Devices, PV Cells and MEMS Applications

Topological Transitions In Metamaterials

Raytheon Delivers US Navy's First Dual-Frequency Sonar

More 'mini-iPad' rumors surface

Under climate change, winners and losers on the coral reef

Don't assume the sand is safe

South Africa issues shark warning around washed-up whale

Study shows adaptive capacity of reef corals to climate change may be widespread

No ice loss seen in major Himalayan glaciers: scientists

China seeking to expand role in Arctic

Penguins aplenty in Antarctica, satellite map shows

Long-term studies detect effects of disappearing snow and ice

India won't be able to store another bumper crop

Rapid climate change threatens Asia's Rice Bowl

Determining total fertility in strip-tilled fields

Strip-till improves soybean yield

7.0-magnitude quake hits off Papua New Guinea: USGS

S.Lanka fishermen accused of damaging tsunami buoy

Tokyo Sky Tree safe from quakes: operator

"Irene" removed from hurricane name list

Diarra: launch of NASA scientist into Mali politics

G.Bissau army says coup bid over secret deal with Angola

ECOWAS council asks regional leaders to okay Mali force

Coup attempt in G.Bissau, attack on PM residence

Excessive worrying may have co-evolved with intelligence

Fine-scale analysis of the human brain yields insight into its distinctive composition

Chinese-Brazilian superkid insists he's no 'genius'

Data mining opens the door to predictive neuroscience

Memory Foam Mattress Review

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2012 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement