The Vajont Dam, Italy: The Reservoir Spills Over the Dam

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

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

After destroying much of Longarone, the flood rushed upstream and downstream, destroying a number of villages and claiming yet more casualties. Eventually it flowed into another, larger reservoir downstream and was contained. Altogether an estimated 2000 people died in the disaster, now considered one of the largest human-caused disasters in history.

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Created 8 October 2009, Last Update 15 January 2020