10 September 2010

Italian debris flood video

Posted by Dave Petley

Thanks to Ivan Montanari for highlighting this one.  Youtube has an extraordinary video of a debris flood that appears to have occurred yesterday at Atrani on the Amalfi Coast in Italy:

The video makes a slowish start, so keep watching.  This is the first debris flow of cars that I have seen on video…!  This is a Google Earth perspective image of Atrani:

I guess it is not hard to see how very heavy rainfall, or another hydrological event in the catchment, can lead to such an event.