A rock fell into Lake Garda and hit cars on the bank road

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A rock weighing several tons has fallen on the Cardazana beach road in Lake Garda. © Comune di Toscolano Maderno

A severe rock slide has occurred on the Cardazana Beach Road of Lake Garda. Several cars were hit. The critical road remains closed until further notice.

Riva del Garda – The western shore of Lake Garda, especially between Limón and Riva, is a picturesque highlight that attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. Rock walls drop almost vertically into a lake in northern Italy. But the spectacular landscape has its drawbacks: in recent months, a series of rockfalls have rocked the folly.

Landslide at Garda Lake: Out of nowhere, a huge rock collapsed on the road

Late on Friday evening (March 8), a 20 cubic meter boulder fell on the road at the level of the Bonastras junction on the Cardesana riverside road between Riva and Limon, just before the entrance to a tunnel. Ponastraße leads to Lake Letro. Some cars parked on the roadside were also damaged after hitting the rocks. No one was injured as there were no cars at that time.

At 9 a.m. on Saturday, the Geological Survey of the Province of Trento also inspected the crash site by helicopter. According to preliminary findings, the road was hit by loose boulders from the wall above, according to the provincial administration.

Neighbors were evacuated as a precaution. In addition, the specialized agency has been notified, which will complete the investigation and, if safety conditions permit, immediately begin blasting the rock and clearing the slope and road.

The main coastal road at Lake Garda is closed until further notice – Italy has a lot of rock falls

West Cortezana between Riva del Garda and Limon will be closed this weekend, when heavy rain is expected, Trento province said in a statement. Rock falls on Lake Garda and neighboring parts of northern Italy have been causing unrest for months.

At nearby Lacro Lake, a road was recently completely blocked by broken rock. A rock avalanche hit the Cardazana road near Lake Garda. In nearby Valsugana, two weeks ago, roads, railways and a bicycle path were damaged by falling rocks. Many experts blame a changing climate for the high number of rockfalls. Heavy rain washes the rocks freely, melts the permafrost on the summits, and throws stones and rocks alternately between ice and shore.

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