Landslide in Italy

I saw this link on my Facebook newsfeed earlier today and thought it was interesting.  A massive boulder fell off a nearby cliff and rolled right through a farmhouse in Italy.  A second one settled just before hitting the living portion of the house.  You can see all the damage from the mountain to the terraces that it caused in the pictures and video.  What I thought was most intriguing was the fact that the larger boulder stopped right next to another one that had been sitting there forever before.  Clearly this exact same occurrence took place many years ago.  As civil engineers, it is our responsibility to note the possibility of certain failures.  Geotechnical engineers study slope failures just like this and try to help prevent them.  In my geotech class right now, CEE 242, we are learning how to design retaining walls that hold back soil slopes during an excavation.  It’s surprising that something similar was not built around this cliff, or that the loose materials were not safely removed.  I’m sure several engineers will be looking at this disaster and hopefully find a way to prevent it from happening again in the future.


About lukarl15

Hey! I'm Karl, a civil engineer in my senior year at Lehigh University. I am from the Buffalo/Western New York area and am the president of the American Society of Civil Engineers on campus. I am also on the Running Club team, practice electric and classical guitar, and study music theory on my own. I enjoy playing and watching sports with my friends in my free time (or the times when I probably should be studying). View all posts by lukarl15

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