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2 die in accidents as heavy snow falls on northern, western Japan

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Every year people fall off their roofs?

I have never walked on my roof but if I had to then I would use a securing device ie a rope etc......

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You shouldn't have to clear snow off your roof. Roofs are slopped so that rain and snow run off naturally. I lived in the northeast US and have never had to clear snow off my roof.

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Dark nuts, have you had snow pile up to the second floor ? There are differing amounts of snow and different roofs requiring different approaches.

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People have to hire workers to clear snow off roofs. Poor people cannot afford and they climb themselves to the roofs and fall down.

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Hokkaido should consider an A-frame, very steep roof shape, for heavy snow

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Every year, the same story.

Unavoidable, as so many residents in rural Japan live in houses that require snow to be cleared in the winter.

I suppose in 20~30 years, this will change.

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@sf2k Hokkaido should consider an A-frame, very steep roof shape, for heavy snow

Many houses in Hokkaido have flat roofs, which are heated.

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Many houses in Hokkaido have flat roofs, which are heated.

Clearly not in this case. Or the case every year.

The A-frame is used for large buildings like churches but also for cottages that get a lot of snow and are safer without snow piling on top. There's no place for it to go. Only useful in heavy snow areas, Hokkaido being a great candidate. I don't get the reason why not

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"an A-frame, very steep roof shape, for heavy snow"

Will it be safe from earthquakes?

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You shouldn't have to clear snow off your roof. Roofs are slopped so that rain and snow run off naturally. I lived in the northeast US and have never had to clear snow off my roof.

To be fair, you get a lot less snowfall than Yuzawa. They have an average of 1180 cm (465 inches/38 feet) a year, almost all of it falling within a period of 4 months. To put that in perspective, here are some figures on snowiest places in the US; the northeast only appears for a mention of a record snowfall in New York state forty years ago, which still doesn't match the annual average in Yuzawa. None of the other places mentioned are within 1000 miles of the northwest.

https://www.currentresults.com/Weather-Extremes/US/snowiest.php

While Yuzawa has one of the highest accumulations in Japan, there are many other places with extremely high annual snowfall; much of Tohoku and Hokkaido, and down the Japan Sea coast beyond Niigata. Even on sloped roofs, snow does accumulate, sometimes to a depth of several feet. If it "runs off naturally", it tends to be in the form of a sudden avalanche, which can damage the roof and injure or kill people caught underneath. It happens.

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Correction within 1000 miles of the northeast.

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