Rolling Boulder Leaves Wild Path of Destruction

No one hurt, but repairs could cost millions
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2014 4:25 PM CST
Italian Barn Smashed by Rolling Boulder
In this photo taken on Jan. 23, 2014, a huge boulder is seen after it just missed a farmhouse.   (AP Photo/Markus Hell,, ho)

Some 141,000 cubic feet of rock tumbled from the face of an Italian cliff this month, sending a boulder tearing through a 300-year-old farm. The rock rolled through a barn in the Alto-Adige region, resulting in millions of dollars' worth of damage, says the manager of the site, which is owned by a Catholic order. No one was hurt, but experts fear another disaster, so the area has been evacuated, the Independent reports. The rock just missed a farmhouse and ended up in a vineyard, the AP reports, noting that another boulder stopped a few feet from the farmhouse. Other rocks from the same Jan. 21 rockfall blocked roads. (More boulder stories.)

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