One of the Worst Man-Made Disasters in History

NARRATOR: 1957. 70 miles from Venice, amid the cliffs and gorges of Italy’s Vajont River Valley, work begins on the Vajont Hydroelectric Dam. Crucial to the dam’s operation is a vast reservoir that can hold 44 billion gallons of water. Ever since the filling of the reservoir in early 1960, enormous cracks have begun appearing on Mount Toc, above the dam. LUCIA FILIPPIN (IN ITALIAN): People could sense that something big was about to happen because the ground was moving and suddenly, new cracks would appear, very deep and very large. NARRATOR: Then, in late 1960, another warning sign. This […]

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