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Three Boulders Roll Down Hill and Destroy 300-Year-Old Italian Farmhouse

Travelers Today       By    Jeremy Pollack

Updated: Jan 31, 2014 07:54 AM EST

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On January 21, 2014, the three biggest participants in a Tramin, Italy landside made mincemeat out of a 300-year-old farmhouse. These boulders demonstrated their considerable power as they broke off from a cliff and rolled down a hill, demolishing the building. The entire incredible incident was captured on video. Luckily no one was injured or killed in the landslide, with the event reportedly due to a crumbling rock tower.

Two of the boulders flattened the barn, with the third stopping just short of a parked car and the main house, thankfully sparing the lives of everyone inside. Owned by the Servite order of the Catholic Church, the property (well, what's left of it, anyway) is located below the rocky cliff that sent the boulders rolling. Named the Freisingerhof estate, it is run by Philipp von Hohenbühel, who told the Südtirol News that the boulders caused millions of dollars worth of damage.

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The boulders fell over 141,000 cubic feet, laying waste to everything in their path. Even more annoying, the party o' destruction may not be finished just yet, as Italian geologists have noted that more rock could break off from the cliff.

In a not-at-all-surprising move, the property and the surrounding areas have been evacuated. Though residents who live farther away have been allowed to return to their homes.

If you're interested in seeing this spectacularly-destructive work of Mother Nature, the drone video of the landside has been up on YouTube for a few days and already received nearly half a million views. What now looks like parallel dirt roads separated by a forest area previously featured an abundance of trees.

Boulders: fun to look at and perhaps climb, so long as they are firmly entrenched in dirt! 







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