The Vajont Dam, Italy: The Landslide Hits the Reservoir

Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Location: 48o 16' 02" N, 012o 19' 45" E.

The mountainside dropped into the reservoir at about the speed of a car on a freeway. It pushed water up the far side of the valley almost as high as the dam itself and also pushed water up-valley, damaging and destroying several villages. The village of Casso, on the mountainside north of the reservoir, was narrowly missed by the wave although many Web sites incorrectly claim it was destroyed.

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Created 8 October 2009, Last Update 15 January 2020