An announced disaster!

Some informations

The dam now is in disuse. It has been designed by engineer Carlo Semenza. It was built in the years between 1957 and 1960 in the municipality of Erto e Cassano (PN) in the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia along the course of the river Vajont

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  • Tt has a thickness of 3,40m.
  • It is 190m long;
  • It is high 261,60m;
  • It may contains 360.000m³ of water;
  • The dam is kind of a double arch;
  • It is the fifth highest dam in the world.

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The sad story

The dam is sadly famous for the disaster of 9 October 1963.

A landslide of the mount Toc fell in the basin of dam so the water that was in it fell over the population of Longarone. 1,910 people died including 487 children and teenagers under 15 years. On Longarone have fallen 50 million cubic meters of water but if the dam had collapsed on the country would fall for three times the volume of water.

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The dam today

Now the dam is visited by a lot of tourist especially for its history and Also it was created a film about the disaster of the dam.

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