Alaska landslide survivor says force of impact threw her around 'like a piece ... trends now

Alaska landslide survivor says force of impact threw her around 'like a piece ... trends now
Alaska landslide survivor says force of impact threw her around 'like a piece ... trends now

Alaska landslide survivor says force of impact threw her around 'like a piece ... trends now

A woman who miraculously survived a deadly landslide in Alaska has revealed how she was tossed around like 'a piece of weightless popcorn' before spending the night buried under rubble with just a bag of sewing wool to keep warm.

Christina Florschutz, 63, and her husband Otto Florschutz, 65, were inside their home in Wrangell, southeast Alaska, when the landslide struck the small island community on November 20.

The landslide, about 450 feet wide, killed four people, levelled three homes and buried a highway at 9pm after intense rainfall and heavy winds.

Florschutz miraculously survived the late-night catastrophe - but her husband, along with a 12-year-old boy, remain missing.

The brave local has now described the terrifying incident from start to finish - detailing the freezing weather and panic she faced.

Christina Florschutz, 63, miraculously survived the late-night catastrophe - but her husband, Otto Florschutz, 65, along with a 12-year-old boy, remain missing

Christina Florschutz, 63, miraculously survived the late-night catastrophe - but her husband, Otto Florschutz, 65, along with a 12-year-old boy, remain missing

Otto has not been found after the landslide struck the small island community of Wrangell in southeast Alaska at 9pm on November 20

Otto has not been found after the landslide struck the small island community of Wrangell in southeast Alaska at 9pm on November 20

The landslide occurred during a period of brutal rainfall and winds, with photos showing a dirt path cutting from the top of a nearby mountain to the ocean below

The landslide occurred during a period of brutal rainfall and winds, with photos showing a dirt path cutting from the top of a nearby mountain to the ocean below

'I had gone upstairs - which is important to the story - to take a shower. I had just gotten out of the shower and I was still in my undies,' she told KSTK .

'I heard this horrible noise - a very loud noise. I recognized it - I've heard tornados and mudslides before.

'I didn't have any warning - I heard a noise and suddenly I'm like a piece of weightless popcorn being tossed around all over the place and being slammed into things.'

The landslide left her temporarily unconscious under a pile of rubble as rain bombarded her from the sky.

Florschutz described the moment she reached out and touched a plastic bag - which she instantly recognized as the bag from her sewing room, which was filled with yarn.

The wool would be her only protection from the freezing elements as she battled severe cramps until the morning when she was able to pull herself from the rubble.

'God put the plastic bag there,' she said

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