A 5,000 cubic meter rockfall is seen on cell phone video enveloping a 420 year old Italian church in dust, but the church and its bell tower miraculously escaped serious damage. The Santuario di Gallivaggio (Sanctuary of Gallivaggio), close to the Swiss border, and the surrounding town had been evacuated for several days and there were no reports of injuries.
Geovert, a specialty design-build geotechnical contractor in New Zealand and Australia has released a video showing the construction of a challenging rockfall protection project. From their YouTube description:
Stockton Coal Mine is situated on the rugged west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, near Westport. Geovert, a design-build contractor specializing in difficult access rockfall mitigation projects, were retained to provide a turnkey solution combining slope protection and stabilisation measures, to manage the rockfall hazard and protect the surrounding environment with a world class design build rockfall protection solution. The barrier was 1.7 kilometres long and follows a ridgeline escarpment, making this the longest rockfall protection barrier in the southern hemisphere. This was one of the largest and most challenging rockfall construction projects completed to date anywhere in the world.
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