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The Second Hans Cloos Lecture. Experience drawn from the great Ancona landslide of 1982

  • V. Cotecchia
Original Paper

Introduction to the 2004 Hans Cloos Lecture

The reason for the topic of this lecture goes back to October 1963, when I was called by the consultants of the ‘Societa Adriatica di Elettricità’, at that time the owner of the Vajont hydroelectric system, to help investigate why, on the night of October 9, an enormous landslide fell into the lake below Monte Toc, leading to the tragic death of over 2,000 people. I was left with deep feelings of dismay looking at what was left of the town of Longarone, destroyed and washed away by a 40 m high flow of water (Fig.  1). At the same time, I was surprised when I realised that so little investigation or monitoring had been carried out to predict and possibly avoid this terrible disaster. In fact, the first indications of the danger were identified around 3 years before the final catastrophe. In 1960, my friend and colleague, the engineering geologist Prof. Edoardo Semenza, son of the dam designer, had identified the slip surface of an old...

Keywords

Hans Cloos Lecture Landslide Monitoring Ancona Italy 

Notes

Acknowledgements

I wish to thank the Ancona Town Council for the financial support given to carry on the investigation and for the trust given to my understanding of the sliding process under investigation. Particularly I wish to thank the senior officials Ing. G. Monti, Arch. G. Perti and Arch. M.E. Faraco for their kindness and assistance given during my research at Ancona. Furthermore, I wish to recall in the references all the many colleagues who contributed, both past and present, to the understanding of this remarkable landslide phenomenon and I apologise for any possible omissions. Finally I wish to thank the collaborators who helped me in the preparation of this lecture, M. Barbanente, F. & S. Cotecchia, A. J. Flint, L. Monterisi, A. Perrini, F. Santaloia, E. Scaletta, M. Semeraro, V. Simeone, M. Scuro, D. Tria.

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  1. 1.BariItaly

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