Glacier broken due to heavy snowfall in Kedarnath
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The glacier has broken due to heavy snowfall in the Himalayan region, three km above Chorabari, the origin of the Mandakini river. Fresh ice had accumulated more on this glacier, due to which it broke. Experts are calling it a powder glacier, although there is no possibility of any damage in the surrounding area. Glacier experts are calling it a common occurrence in the Himalayan region.
At around 6.30 pm on Thursday, a glacier broke in the Himalayan region, about three km above Chorabari Glacier, five km above Kedarnath. This incident was witnessed by many pilgrims present in Kedarnath. GMVN personnel Gopal Singh Rauthan, Pradeep Rawat etc. said that they saw a plume of white smoke for a long time in the said area, which gradually came down and got absorbed in the deep ditch.
Dr. DP Doval, a retired glacier expert from Wadia Institute, described it as a common occurrence in the Himalayan region. He said that the glacier which has broken was very small. The breakup of this glacier may cause partial damage to some part of Chorabari Glacier while it may not cause any damage in other areas. Told that in the Himalayan region, such glaciers are called powder glaciers, in which new snow is more and they keep breaking. The breaking process continues in the Hanging Glacier as well.