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That avalanche and the thunder, now, was really a little like Burke.
An earthquake, a landslip, an avalanche, overtake a man incidentally, as it were -- without passion.
The avalanche had shaken and slid a little forward, but it did not yet crash down.
The hounds at the same moment rushed into the grotto like an avalanche, and the depths of the cavern were filled with their deafening cries.
A week later Miss Cornelia descended like an avalanche upon the little house.
He asked her to marry him, and his fatness hovered above her like an avalanche.
Immense glaciers approached the road; I heard the rumbling thunder of the falling avalanche and marked the smoke of its passage.
The news of the disaster to the well had traveled far by this time; and now for two or three days a steady avalanche of people had been pouring into the valley.
Then right away the organist would let go another avalanche.
Avalanches are a constant concern in the mountains in winter so climbers practice using avalanche radio beacons for search and rescue.
The last few winters have seen a number of tragic deaths resulting from avalanches, including a particularly' tragic episode when several students died during a school field trip.