Monte Toc

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Monte Toc
Vajont monte toc frana.jpg
The area of the 1963 landslide on Monte Toc, taken in 2005
Elevation 1,921 m (6,302 ft)
Location
Monte Toc is located in Alps
Monte Toc
Monte Toc
Italy
Coordinates 46°14′N 12°20′E / 46.233°N 12.333°E / 46.233; 12.333Coordinates: 46°14′N 12°20′E / 46.233°N 12.333°E / 46.233; 12.333

Monte Toc, nicknamed the walking mountain by locals due to its tendency to landslide, is a mountain on the border between Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Northern Italy best known for the Vajont Dam, which was built at the mountain's base in 1960.

On October 9, 1963, 260 million cubic metres[1] of rock slid down the side of Mount Toc and plunged into the reservoir created by the Vajont Dam sending a wave of water 250 metres high over the dam wall and destroying the town of Longarone and its suburbs.[1][2] 1,918 people were killed, 1,450 of whom were in Longarone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Petley, Dave (Professor) (2008-12-11). "The Vaiont (Vajont) landslide of 1963". The Landslide Blog. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  2. ^ Duff, Mark (2013-10-10). "Italy Vajont anniversary: Night of the 'tsunami'". BBC News. Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 

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