Avalanches hit US

2013-04-14 08:29
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Snoqualmie Pass - Authorities say a snowshoer is missing after a pair of avalanches in the mountains near Seattle.

Initial reports said as many as three people were missing, but officials now say only one is unaccounted for after the avalanches hit two separate groups.

The King County Sheriff's Office says one avalanche carried three snowshoers about 304m.

Two men emerged from the snow, but their friend is missing.

At the other site, 13 people were in the area where the avalanche struck. One woman was suffering from hypothermia after she was unearthed from the snow.

The avalanches occurred as heavy snow was falling in the Cascade Mountains.

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