An avalanche hit the restaurant of the Hotel Santis in Schwagalp in the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden in eastern Switzerland on Thursday, according to media reports.
Tagblatt reported that three people sustained minor injuries as result the 300-metre wide avalanche that descended at approximately 16.30 local time.
UPDATE: Police have confirmed 3 people received minor injuries when an avalanche hit a hotel in eastern Switzerland on Thursday. The search for people missing in the snow has now been suspended because of… https://t.co/7KNOP0GeWO pic.twitter.com/5BwzAOQ6Ti— The Alpha Stream (@The_AlphaStream) January 10, 2019
Around the same time, 75 people were evacuated from the Hotel Santis.
Avalanche damage in Hotel Hotel Säntis, Schwagalp pass, Switzerland yesterday, January 10. Report via Maycol Checchinato. pic.twitter.com/mPQWPxRB1O— severe-weather.EU (@severeweatherEU) January 11, 2019
On Friday morning, the search for possible missing persons, suspended during the night, continued with 76 rescuers and two search dogs leading the rescue effort.