Eruption at Previously Dormant Volcano, Hockenhorn01.04.2015
At approximately 11:10am local time on April 1st 2015, a large explosion was heard in the village of Kandersteg and neighbouring valleys, as a result of the sudden and unexpected eruption of the previously dormant volcano Hockenhorn. It is with great shock and apologies to those affected that we announce that all Hockenhorn guided and unguided expeditions have been cancelled indefinitely.
Although initial reports from Rega, the local mountain rescue service are limited due to restricted access to the area, there is thought to have been no persons in the affected areas at the time of the eruption. Kandersteg and any major populated areas are said to be safe from harm, although some remote mountain huts have been evacuated.
What was initially thought to be snow falling from the sky has since been confirmed as ash by an official from Kandersteg Tourism. They had this to say : "Truly, ash can be the only explanation for white particles falling from the sky in April".
We will keep the situation updated as we aquire further information, but hikers in the area have been advised to stay at least a 2km radius away from the site at all costs.