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GLACIER "LOCCE N"
Risk type: glacier flood (contain both lakes and water pocket)

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Type:  Ice sheet
Country:  Italy
Region:  Piemonte
Massif/Ice Cap:  Monte Rosa
Municipality:  Macugnaga
Municipality code:  
Location:  
 
Latitude (, cent):  5.102 N
Longitude (, cent):  7.935 E
Surface (km2):  2.15
Lenght (km):  2.4
Width (km):  0.6
Min. altitude (m):  2210
Max. altitude (m):  3490
Orientation ()  360
Slope ()  30

EVENT:  Date  19/7/1979 -  Date quality:   

Type:  Glacier flood (contain both lakes and water pocket)
Description  A sudden emptying of the Locce proglacial lake took place in the early afternoon. The emptying began around midday; water outburst through an underground way, and emerged some hundreds meters below, on the right side of Belvedere glacier, canalizing between ice and lateral moraine, then poured through the ancient breach close to Zamboni alpine hut. The debris flow was dammed from a large snow avalanche accumulation near Belvedere hut, forming a lake of 30.000 m3. Some breaking of the snow dam (1.25-1.45 PM) caused the flooding of the areas below. The wave alog Pedriola stream was up to six meters high.
Effects:  The chairlift station of Alpe Burki was destroyed, and below the debris flow covered the valley in a 1 km lenght and 150 m width.
Deaths(#)  0
Injuried (#)  0
Note  At 3 P.M. the Pedriola stream flow was quite normal again, and at 5.30 P.M. water level in Locce lake was 5 m lower. Probably the volume of water discharged was about 300.000 m3. The keeper of Zamboni alpine hut, when realized what was happening, warned people in Macugnaga village and in Burki huts about the danger, leading to their safety.

DAMAGES    

Type:  Farmland, fertile land Description:
Type:  Ski resorts Description:

BIBLIOGRAPHY 

Tropeano D, govi M., Mortara G., Turitto O., Sorzana P., Negrini G., Arattano M., 1999 - Eventi alluvionali e frane nell'Italia Settemtrionale. Periodo 1975-81. CNR-IRPI, GNDCI. P. 240-243.

EVENT:  Date  2/8/1978 -  Date quality:   

Type:  Glacier flood (contain both lakes and water pocket)
Description  Emptying of Lago delle Locce: the water flow covered a distance of over 3 km.
Effects:  
Deaths(#)  0
Injuried (#)  0
Note  

DAMAGES    

Type:  None Description:

BIBLIOGRAPHY 

C.n.r.-I.r.p.i., 1979 - Lo svuotamento del Lago delle Locce in alta Valle Anzasca. Rapporto interno inedito.
Tropeano D., Govi M., Mortara G., Turitto O., Sorzana P., Negrini G., Arattano M., 1999 - Lo svuotamento del Lago delle Locce in alta Valle Anzasca. Eventi alluvionali e frane nell'Italia Settentrionale. Periodo 1975-81. CNR-IRPI, GNDCI. P. 240-243.

EVENT:  Date  13/7/1970 -  Date quality:   

Type:  Glacier flood (contain both lakes and water pocket)
Description  Emptying of Lago delle Locce: the water flow covered a distance of over 3 km, destroying the chair-lift.
Effects:  Chair-lift damaged.
Deaths(#)  0
Injuried (#)  0
Note  

DAMAGES    

Type:  Ski resorts Description:

BIBLIOGRAPHY 

, 1970 - Serv. Geol. Italiano.
Tropeano D., Govi M., Mortara G., Turitto O., Sorzana P., Negrini G., Arattano M., 1999 - Lo svuotamento del Lago delle Locce in alta Valle Anzasca. Eventi alluvionali e frane nell'Italia Settentrionale. Periodo 1975-81. CNR-IRPI, GNDCI- P. 240-243.