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One Dead, One Injured in Ski Resort Avalanche



Authorities are still trying to determine what caused an avalanche at a popular Lake Tahoe ski resort that killed one man and seriously injured another.

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The incident at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort in California happened Friday at about 10:15 a.m.

Alpine Meadows’ steep terrain coupled with heavy bursts of snow has caused deadly avalanches before. The area where the avalanche happened is for only the most skilled skiers.

“At this point there’s no reason to believe that any other area of the resort or Alpine Meadows is in jeopardy,” said Sgt. Mike Powers of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

“The entire Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows team, including all of the first responders, extend their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased,” the resort said in a statement. “We are working closely with the families of all the affected individuals to ensure their continued care.”

According to the Sacramento Bee, the avalanche came Friday after mountain forecasters warned of unstable hillsides following a heavy snowstorm.

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Parts of Italy Becoming a Focal Point of Coronavirus Outbreak



With more than 200 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and five deaths, Italy has suddenly become a focal point amidst fears of a global outbreak of the virus.

Several towns in northern Italy near Milan were in a virtual lockdown on Monday as Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has banned people from leaving infected areas. Italian police have been ordered to fine anyone caught entering or leaving certain towns – including tourists.

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“Protecting our citizens is the main priority,” said Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety. “We are all taking this situation seriously, but without giving in to panic, disorder or disinformation.”

And it’s not just northern Italy.

Roadblocks have been set up to stop people entering or leaving about a dozen Italian towns. In some areas, businesses, schools, universities, museums and tourist attractions have been closed and public events canceled. Venice even cut short its traditional carnivale, shutting down with three days still to go.

In Basilicata, in the southern region of Italy down near the bottom of the boot, Governor Vito Bardi ordered 14-day quarantines for anyone entering the area.

“We are following the situation in Italy very closely and commend the Italian authorities for their swift and efficient action,” Kyriakides said.

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