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dobratsch absturz

A little over a month ago, a massive rock fall occurred on the Dobratsch. Thousands of cubic meters of rock thundered from the red wall into the valley. Luckily no one was hurt and so it was primarily just a welcome headline in the various media.

My neighbor recently sent me a picture of it from a "different perspective." The title he chose for his photo reminded me that a single event can have a larger impact.

Years ago, for professional reasons, I asked the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics in Vienna about earthquake activity in Villach.

The man on the other end of the line told me the following story, which I quote from memory:

Statistically speaking, a major earthquake event novecojušasoccurs in the Villach area approximately every 600 years. The last one was in 1348. What is interesting is that an earthquake is not an isolated scenario, but usually has serious consequences.