Login Form

Italian Hotel Buried in Avalanche; Children Among The Dozens Feared Dead

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Thirty guests are feared dead after a series of earthquakes in central Italy triggered an massive avalanche that buried a luxury hotel in the Italian Alps, trapping dozens beneath mountains of heavy packed snow, uprooted trees and loosened boulders.

Survival stories are slowly trickling in as all communication links are down. One guest survived as he walked to his car to retrieve something forgotten when the avalanche struck and buried him. The car remained partially exposed. His wife and two children are still in the hotel.

Two other guests have been rescued and treated for hypothermia. Three bodies have been recovered. 

Pictures show the hotel lobby windows and walls ripped apart from the force. While there are possibilities of survivor’s local officials fear many have died.

As the story develops there were nearly 200 guests registered at the Hotel Rigopiano, a four-star luxury hotel and spa, as of Sunday including families and children.

The hotel located in Abruzzo's central region, which had been rocked by earthquakes throughout 2016, has been geologically unstable, experienced a series of earthquake Monday registering 5.7 on the Richter Scale. The three quakes triggered the avalanche that swept away everything in its path and buried the hotel located at the base of the mountain.

Italian rescue workers have been dropped in by helicopter and have been able to reach the location on ski’s. All roads are closed and blocked by the snow, ice, and debris. Heavy equipment is working to clear a path on the hairpin road.

The situation is dire and the death total is expected to rise.

This is a developing story.

Images courtesy of RAI News posted via Twitter @rainews

 

Haute Tease

  • Get Buzzed - New Neuroscience Technology Offers Treatment for PTSD And Anxiety Disorders

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Buzzies, a micro pulsating handheld devices, are making new waves in the psychological field as a non-invasive treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, and other extreme stress conditions brought on by traumas.

     
  • Malibu Artist, 71, Who Lost Life’s Work in So-Cal Fires To Release Long-Awaited Book of His Photography

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button
    LOS ANGELES, CA (February 17, 2014) – Billy Blake is 71. He knows he's not the typical demographic for kickstarter. He is much older, not a techie, does not play video games, and is not a diehard fan of the latest gadgetry. But he is an artist – a fine art photographer - with a creative project for which he needs funding assistance.  
  • EBOLA PATIENT THOMAS DUNCAN DIES AT DALLAS HOSPITAL

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Thomas Eric Duncan, the first diagnosed case of Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever, has died in a Dallas hospital less than two weeks after arriving in the United States from Liberia, the West African nation engulfed in a pandemic.

     
  • 31 to Make World Premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    31, written and directed by Rob Zombie will make its World Premiere in the Midnight section at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Film Festival takes place January 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.  

  • Easier With Practice, a Kyle Patrick Alvarez Film, Provocatively Challenges Sexual Taboos

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Easier with Practice, a provocative challenging contemporary film, crosses sexual boundaries and explores sexual taboos with the determination, honesty and openness, of the1960’s generation.

     
  • San Luis Obispo, California - A Reason For All Seasons

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    San Luis Obispo, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, surrounded by lush mountains to the east and pristine shoreline to the west, is quickly evolving into a cultural mecca for fast trackers looking to reposition themselves in a slower lane.

     
  • Europe’s Newest Royal - Ethereal Carolina Divine Paraiba flawless at 191.87 Carats

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The rarest gemstone in the world, the Ethereal Carolina Divine Paraiba, owned by Canadian billionaire, Vincent Boucher of Billionaire Business Enterprises and has been quietly making its global debut as it travels to only the most exquisite showings and galleries in preparation for auction.