VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- An avalanche hazard was in effect Saturday for the Russian island of Sakhalin, which was socked by a snow cyclone and blizzard, emergency officials said.
The press service of the Sakhalin region's main emergencies department said three avalanches had already taken place there in the new year, ITAR-Tass reported.
Friday's avalanches were blamed for the derailment of a locomotive and a snow remover. One railway worker was found alive but a search was under way for two other missing workers.
The cyclone and blizzard plaguing the island created limited visibility with snow whipped by winds up to 55 mph.