Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Photos show one Italian family’s near-miss after giant boulders smashed one metre from house
National Post ^ | Jan. 31, 2014 | National Post Staff

Posted on 02/01/2014 5:31:34 PM PST by rickmichaels

A huge boulder narrowly missed one extremely lucky Italian family’s farmhouse, clearing their home by less than a metre but wiping out a barn and coming to stop in the middle of a vineyard.

Just-released photos show a second boulder, detached during the same January 23 landslide, stopping next to the house.

The family living in the house, in Ronchi di Termeno in Northern Italy, were reportedly unharmed.

And it’s not the first time the house has been the subject of a narrow miss — the boulder in the foreground of the last shot is from an older landslide.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalpost.com ...


TOPICS:
KEYWORDS: italy
Photos at link.
1 posted on 02/01/2014 5:31:34 PM PST by rickmichaels
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: rickmichaels
Check out this video.
2 posted on 02/01/2014 5:35:11 PM PST by 1rudeboy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rickmichaels

IF I was them,
I’d be high-tailing it to Monte Carlo


3 posted on 02/01/2014 5:36:02 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rickmichaels

the very last photo...

http://wpmedia.news.nationalpost.com/2014/01/italy_landslide-1_edited-11.jpg?w=940&h=529

gives on the clue that they knew of the likelihood of the later boulders ataking that same route.

Im glad they fared as well as they did though.


4 posted on 02/01/2014 5:36:31 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

considering their “luck” at gambling on not being annihilated?...


5 posted on 02/01/2014 5:37:48 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: MeshugeMikey

I can see Brad Pitt in

A Boulder Rumbles thru Now and Then

SEismo-Seats available!


6 posted on 02/01/2014 5:38:41 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: rickmichaels

rock and roll


7 posted on 02/01/2014 5:40:02 PM PST by Zuriel (Acts 2:38,39....nearly 2,000 years and still working today!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeshugeMikey

I’d be curious to learn what induces those boulders to take nearly the same path.


8 posted on 02/01/2014 5:40:07 PM PST by 1rudeboy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: 1rudeboy

Italy, China, same diff...


9 posted on 02/01/2014 5:40:55 PM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: MeshugeMikey

looking at the size, I’m assuming they will landscape around those boulders.


10 posted on 02/01/2014 5:41:16 PM PST by soupbone1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: MeshugeMikey

The House always wins in the end.

Talk about close ones tho.


11 posted on 02/01/2014 5:41:21 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: 1rudeboy

the topography Id think.. the lay of the land.

the most simple route possible


12 posted on 02/01/2014 5:42:46 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: soupbone1

as they did with the field in the foreground of the last photo.

http://wpmedia.news.nationalpost.com/2014/01/italy_landslide-1_edited-11.jpg?w=940&h=529


13 posted on 02/01/2014 5:44:24 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

I didnt carefully read the article, which may have mentioned at what time of the day these boulders came to rest, but I’d hope it wasnt while the family was asleep...


14 posted on 02/01/2014 5:45:58 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: rickmichaels

"whoa"

15 posted on 02/01/2014 5:55:19 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rickmichaels
Here's the REAL photo. No link required.


16 posted on 02/01/2014 5:58:33 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rickmichaels

Funny.

J was driving down Bear Creek Road in 1979 and just as I approached sleep Bear Creek and Hgwy 17 there was a huge boulder on the side of the road with a Fiat resting atop of it, as if it were placed there.

Never heard how it happened


17 posted on 02/01/2014 6:03:00 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: null and void; 1rudeboy
the boulder in the foreground of the last shot is from an older landslide

i guess they never wondered how that BFR got there

18 posted on 02/01/2014 6:30:18 PM PST by bigheadfred
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: rickmichaels

Gravity doesn’t like grapes.


19 posted on 02/01/2014 6:30:25 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bigheadfred

Me? I would have built the house with the BFR between me and the slope, rather than on top of the anvil...


20 posted on 02/01/2014 6:33:41 PM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: MeshugeMikey

There is a third boulder near the road, two fields down, to the photo’s right.


21 posted on 02/01/2014 6:34:49 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: rickmichaels

If you look at the third photo, you can see the squished remains of Chuck The Chicken whose famous last words were, “That’s the biggest damn grape I’ve ever seen rolling down a hi.....”


22 posted on 02/01/2014 6:35:52 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rickmichaels

They should examine it for moss.


23 posted on 02/01/2014 6:37:04 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rickmichaels

Doesn’t a ‘near miss’ mean a hit?


24 posted on 02/01/2014 6:37:54 PM PST by twyn1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Robert A. Cook, PE
yep I see all three of em.


25 posted on 02/01/2014 6:52:19 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: rickmichaels

If you go to the 5th and 6th pics at the link, there’s one of the rocks that just came down the hill, right next to a large rock that had obviously been there a while.

Did no one wonder how that got there?


26 posted on 02/01/2014 6:54:47 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MeshugeMikey

It looks like two rocks made a recent roll down the hill. Check out the one that stopped just short of the back of the house.


27 posted on 02/01/2014 8:50:20 PM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: MeshugeMikey
ever play horseshoes? there's close and then..


ap SFGate.com

narrowly missed a farmhouse, destroyed a barn and came to a stop in vineyards.

A second boulder stopped just feet (about a meter) behind the traditional stone farmhouse in the rocky region of Alto-Adige.

28 posted on 02/02/2014 9:45:58 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Looks like God playing marbles.


29 posted on 02/02/2014 9:47:05 AM PST by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson