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Daemon
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Landslide in Italy Claims More Than 2,000 Lives (1963)

One of the highest dams in the world, the Vaiont Dam was constructed on the Vaiont River about 60 mi (100 km) north of Venice, Italy. Two years after its completion, a massive landslide fell into its reservoir, causing the stored water to spill over the dam, sweeping away the village of Longarone and flooding several nearby towns. Some 2,000 people drowned. The dam itself surprisingly remained intact. In 2008, who cited the disaster as one of five "cautionary tales" for engineers and geologists? More...
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Landslide in Italy Claims More Than 2,000 Lives (1963)
One of the highest dams in the world, the Vaiont Dam was constructed on the Vaiont River about 60 mi (100 km) north of Venice, Italy. Two years after its completion, a massive landslide fell into its reservoir, causing the stored water to spill over the dam, sweeping away the village of Longarone and flooding several nearby towns. Some 2,000 people drowned. The dam itself surprisingly remained intact.
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This was so preventable. Corruption and lack of accountability and simple common sense. The people in that valley deserved better from everyone involved.

They knew they shouldn't build a dam there. If you have high land, bedding planes and fault planes sloping down into the valley, evidence of past movement, and then you lubricate it by filling it with water - guaranteed at some point soon it is going to slide.









“He who doesn't understand history is doomed to repeat it.”




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I was 8 years old -- too young to remember this event.
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