National Geographic Channel Seconds From Disaster

Season 1 Episode 11

Flood At Stava Dam

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 12, 2004 on National Geographic
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Flood At Stava Dam
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On July 19, 1985, two tailings dams at Stava, near Trento, Italy collapsed. A resulting tremendous force of mud flowed down the steep mountain side at speeds of up to 90km/h, tearing through forest and through two small villages in Trento. 268 people died in just 3 ½ minutes. These dams were formed from 20 years of discharge of tailings from a series of fluoride mines, located all around the mountain. CGI provides a second by second look at the flow of destruction caused from the mudslide. Residences share their terrifying ordeal in the disaster. And the causes of the dam’s failure are investigated.moreless

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