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Geology Picture of the Week, Sep. 6-12, 2009: Vaiont Dam Landslide
Vaiont Dam, Italy ^ | June 2007 | Steven Dutch

Posted on 09/10/2009 9:47:58 PM PDT by cogitator

Quick background: I found this while searching for events that happened on September 9 (we just had 09/09/09). A Web site mistakenly lists this disaster as happening on September 9, 1963; actually it happened October 9, 1963. Hadn't heard of it before, but it's listed as one of the top engineering disasters in history.

The Vajont (Vaiont) Landslide

The site linked in the header provides small snapshots of the whole area. Two examples:

Here's an annotated picture that helps put it in context.

Here's a picture of the immediate aftermath:

To really get this in perspective, though, use Google Maps. Search on Longarone, Italy. Then zoom in a bit and go upstream on the satellite image. When you perceive the slide scar and the slide block -- wow.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Education; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; dam; disaster; flood; landslide; tsunami
Reminds me a bit of the tsunami in Valdez Bay after the 1964 Alaska earthquake, but only 28 people died in Valdez compared to the ~2500 who died in this disaster.
1 posted on 09/10/2009 9:47:59 PM PDT by cogitator
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2 posted on 09/10/2009 9:50:51 PM PDT by cogitator
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The U.S. (Washington State) is facing its own dam emergency.

Hundreds Crowd Public Meeting On Howard Hanson Dam Repair And Danger Of Flooding Green River Valley

http://www.q13fox.com/news/kcpq-090909-greenrivervalleyfloodmeeting,0,7547513.story?track=rss


3 posted on 09/10/2009 10:23:23 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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So green, peaceful and overgrown with plants now ...


4 posted on 09/10/2009 11:38:54 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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5 posted on 09/11/2009 4:03:53 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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Do you want to hear a real earthquake story? Here you go...
Miscellaneous News Keywords: LITUYA BAY ALASKA 1958
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Clare Places: Islands: Mutton Island or Enniskerry
(9th century catastrophe in Ireland)
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Was Bristol Hit By A Tsunami? (1607)
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Exploration of underwater forest [Loch Tay]
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6 posted on 09/11/2009 4:11:26 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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