Significant landslide on Piz Cengalo, Swiss Alps

Significant landslide on Piz Cengalo, Swiss Alps

A significant landslide event occurred on the Piz Cengalo, a mountain in the Bregaglia range of the Alps on the border between the Swiss canton of Graubünden and Italy, on September 11, 2016.

This is the same mountain where approximately 1.5 million m2 (4.9 million ft2) of rock broke away from the summit area on December 28, 2011, causing a massive landslide on the Swiss side of the mountain.

As reported by Dr. Dave Petley of The Landslide Blog, the September 11th landslide was clearly caught on video from a number of different angles.

"I cannot really think of another landslide that has been caught so well from so many different angles simultaneously," Dr. Petley said.

This month's event at Piz Cengalo was small compared with the events of five years ago. However, 'the authorities are clearly (and rightly) mindful of the continued landslide activity at this site and are maintaining the closure of some local hiking trails,' Petley concludes.

Featured image: Piz Cengalo landslide of September 11, 2016. Credit: VD


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