Boulder smashes through Italian farm

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