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Virgen mudslide video – probably the best ever debris flow video

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Heavy rainfall hit the village of Virgen in Tirol, Austria about two weeks ago causing powerful mudflow.

This remarkable video catches the speed and power of these mudflows remarkably well. Note also the pulsing behaviour that they show, which is characteristic of these types of landslides, and also the very long wavelength standing waves that the flows created.

Dave Petley,Wilson Professor of Hazard and Risk in the Department of Geography at Durham University in the United Kingdom, who posted this video on his TheLandslideBlog, points that this is probably the best ever debris flow video. We must agree on that.

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Virgen in Osttirol, is set in the region Hohe Tauern Osttirol, Tirol in Austria. It is set at 1200 above sea level, between the Grossglockner and the Grossvenediger mountain – Lasörling mountain chain.

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2 Comments

  1. Very impressive mud flow.

    I like the Austrian engineered round baffle system within the canal they built to slow down the flow of mud as it undulates through the village of Virgen. I also enjoyed watching the roles the people took upon themselves (that appeared to be unaided from other agencies) to care for others as one group provided meals and the other managed cleanup restoration.

    That’s teamwork at its finest!

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