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Giant Sinkhole in Germany, Deadly Mudslides in Italy

Posted by feww on November 2, 2010

Images of the Day

This was just Schmalkalden!


Giant sinkhole appeared in the German town of Schmalkalden, measuring 20m deep and a whopping 40m wide, and swallowed at least one car. Photo: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

Deadly Mudslide in Massa, Italy


Another mudslide near Massa in Tuscany, Italy, turned deadly killing at least 3 people including a mother and her son, 2. The mudslide was triggered by heavy rain in the region. Some 225mm of rain fell in just 12 hours. Photo: AFP/Getty Images. Image may be subject to copyright.

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Italy Mudslide Derails Train, killing 12, injuring 25

Posted by feww on April 12, 2010

A landslide derails a train in Castebello, north Italy, killing at least 12 people, injuring 25 more

At least 4 of the injured were reported to be in a critical condition.

The accident occurred close to the  town of Merano, a famous winter sports resort, near the Austrian border.

According to a report a damaged irrigation pipe had saturated the mountainside, triggering a collapse, which led to the disaster.

The railway line, which runs along the Adige river, is said to be one of the newest in Italy inaugurated only 5 years ago.


A wagon of the derailed train, thrown off its tracks by a landslide, was left hanging precariously several meters over the Adige river as firefighters used cables to prevent it from falling down the mountainside, ANSA said. Photo: AFP. Image may be subject to copyright.

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Italian Town Buried by Mud Avalanche

Posted by feww on February 18, 2010

2,300 people evacuated as an avalanche of mud and rocks buries scenic Italian town

Some 2,300 residents of small town of Maierato in the Calabria region, southern Italy were evacuated, as an “apocalyptic” landslide triggered by heavy rainfall brought down an entire hillside burying the town under an avalanche of mud and rocks. There was no report of deaths or injuries, Xinhua said.

The entire region has been severely affected by flash floods and landslides. Many small towns close to Cosenza, located at the confluence of the Busento and the Crathis rivers,  have also been evacuated recently due to the floods.

More than 100 smaller landslides in Calabria, all of which were apparently caused by heavy rains, have since been reported, sources say.

A deadly landslide in the Sicilian city of Messina killed about 40 people and left up to a 1,000 others homeless in October 2009.

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