Spectacular images of an avalanche in the Mont-Blanc massif have been circulating since 2 September 2020.
The avalanche was filmed by Philippe Nicollin, an amateur photographer from Haute-Savoie.
On 2 September 2020, Philippe Nicollin was hiking at La Jonction in Chamonix, at an altitude of 2,500 meters (8,202 ft). La Jonction (The Junction) is one of the classics of the Mont-Blanc Massif and the Chamonix Valley. Joining the Bossons and Taconnaz Glaciers, La Jonction offers a staggering view of the Aiguille du Midi, the Dôme du Gôuter as well as the Aiguilles Rouges.
"All morning there were small flows, exactly in the same place. And around 12 noon to 12:30 pm a larger part of the serac broke off and created this avalanche", explains Philippe Nicollin.
Snowfall was significant over the whole of the Alps last weekend. "A lot of snow at high altitude ... be aware of the risk of avalanches and slides!", warns La Chamoniarde, the mountain rescue company based in Chamonix.