Felssturzgefahr führt zu Evakuierung eines Schweizer Dorfes
May 10, 2023 - Bewohner des Schweizer Dorfes Brienz wurden aufgefordert, ihre Sachen zu packen und das Dorf sofort zu verlassen, da ein riesiger Felssturz vom Berghang oberhalb von Brienz bevorsteht.
Some two million cubic metres of rock from the mountain above them is set to come loose and crash down to the valley in the next few days.
The evacuation order has not come as a complete surprise to the remaining population of about 70 villagers.
Brienz, in the eastern canton of Graubünden, has been judged a geological risk for some time.
The village itself is built on land that is subsiding down towards the valley, causing the church spire to lean and large cracks to appear in buildings.
Villagers had become accustomed to quite large boulders tumbling down to their gardens below.
Geologists warned that the rock movement was accelerating. Part of the rockface, innocently nicknamed "the island", was by 2023 slipping at a rate of 32m every year, according to the BBC.