Europe

Boulder smashes through Italian farm

  • 31 January 2014
  • From the section Europe
Boulder seen by farm house Image copyright AP
Image caption The family living in the house was unharmed in the incident

Dramatic pictures have been released showing the destruction wrought by a huge boulder that smashed through a farm in Northern Italy after being dislodged by a landslide.

The massive rock narrowly missed a farm house, destroyed a barn, and stopped in a vineyard at the property in Ronchi di Termeno.

A second giant boulder detached during the landslide stopped behind the house.

The family living there was unharmed in the incident, on 21 January.

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Image caption The boulder came to rest near a rock that had been dislodged many years previously
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Image caption A second boulder stopped just short of the house itself
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Image caption The rock almost crushed a car parked by the house
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Image caption The first boulder rolled right through the barn and courtyard