An avalanche on the highest mountain in Europe, the 18 510-foot Mount Elbrus in Russia, buried 15 vehicles on the weekend.
The tweeted videos show how the snow progresses to engulf Ladas, Volgas and UAZs along with Western cars, but fortunately no one was injured. The avalanche also stopped before it reached any major buildings. The guys taking the footage seemed pretty relaxed as vast quantities of snow pushes its way down the mountain.
There goes the parking lot – snow avalanche on Mt Elbrus, Caucasus, S Russia today. Note the orangish hue, the entire region in full of Saharan dust, the one that turned Crete into Mars on Thursday. Report: Alerta Roja pic.twitter.com/Jq3j6LImkI
— severe-weather.EU (@severeweatherEU) March 24, 2018
Video shows massive avalanche rumbling down a mountain in Russia. Fifteen cars were buried by the avalanche, and nobody was injured, according to officials. https://t.co/NwzqynfZYn pic.twitter.com/RyEixwOb9W
— ABC News (@ABC) March 26, 2018
You may notice that the snow on Mount Elbrus, and also at Sochi (another Russian ski resort) , has an an orange tint to it, “causing some to compare it to skiing on Mars” according to Autoblog. However it’s not a strange filter effect but filter but one explanation given was that sand and pollen from the Sahara desert has blown all the way to Russia, coloring the snow.