Kolka-Karmadon Rock Ice Slide

The Kolka-Karmadon rock-ice slide occurred on the northern slope of the Kazbek massif in North Ossetia, Russia on September 20, 2002 following a partial collapse of the Kolka Glacier.

It started on the north-northeast wall of Dzhimarai-Khokh (4780 m or 15,682 feet above sea level) and seriously affected the valley of Genaldon and Karmadon. The resulting avalanche and mudflow killed 125 people (including a film crew of 27 people and Russian actor Sergei Bodrov Jr.).

On September 20, 2002 in the Genaldon River valley, located in the north slope of the Big Caucasus, North Ossetia, a glacier disaster, the biggest in the Russian history, occurred resulting in 125 casualties and missing. A bulk of Kolka glacier started its movement bearing rocks, loose snow, water and ice chunks to rush down the valley sweeping houses and tourist camps on its way. The main ice masses stopped and settled in Karmadon Depression before Skalisty Range.

On September 20, 2002 in the Genaldon River valley, located in the north slope of the Big Caucasus, North Ossetia, a glacier disaster, the biggest in the Russian history, occurred resulting in 125 casualties and missing. A bulk of Kolka glacier started its movement bearing rocks, loose snow, water and ice chunks to rush down the valley sweeping houses and tourist camps on its way. The main ice masses stopped and settled in Karmadon Depression before Skalisty Range.