Skip to comments.Geology Picture of the Week, Sep. 6-12, 2009: Vaiont Dam Landslide
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.
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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
So green, peaceful and overgrown with plants now ...
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