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Natural hazards mass movement case study: Vajont dam disaster, Italy-October


2000 deaths
Land below the dam covered in a thick layer of mud, flattening the valley
200m wave destroyed several villages below the dam
Power supply destroyed, moments before wave struck the villages, plunging…

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This disaster was largely down to the failure of humans to understand the geology
of the landscape around the dam.

An assumption was made that no landslides that were large enough to cause a
tsunami would occur. There were concerns that there had been large

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lowered enough for the wave to be held back by the dam, preventing the
disaster completely.


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