15. The White Death

Photographer: Unknown

Year: January 1954

Location: Blons, Austria

Casualties: 200

The first thundering avalanche on the morning of January 12, 1954 killed dozens of people and trapped many others in the small town of Blons, Austria. Just hours later, as rescuers worked to unbury survivors and take others to safety, a second avalanche hit and killed dozens more. The town was demolished and nearly 200 died, including rescuers and many who had been rescued from the first drop. This woman and her grandchild were among the lucky few villagers who survived both, though she was trapped in the snow for 17 hours before this photo was taken.