From Switzerland comes a news that would be resounding. Brinzauls, part of the Swiss municipality of Albula – in the Canton of Graubünden – is moving ever more rapidly downstream.

The new measurements indicate that the small mountain village moves about one meter a year. Evacuation cannot be excluded. The population of Brinzauls, located on a terrace at 1,100 meters above sea level, was informed tonight about developments related to the movement of the land. Over the last few decades these shifts have intensified, going from 30 to 50 and then to 70 centimeters per year.

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The movements of the entire village have caused damage to buildings and pipes that, in most cases, have been repaired. However, it is not only the subsoil that is unstable, but also the entire slope on the north side of the village. Measurements on the rock indicate that the movement is over four meters a year. According to experts there is no to be expected a sudden worsening of the situation, even if there could be changes over the next few weeks or months.

The municipality of Albula, as a precaution, is prepared for an evacuation of Brinzauls, as well as the neighboring villages of Vazerol, Surava and Tiefencastel. Due to the falling of rocks from the slope above the mountain village – which cause dangers along the road towards Lenzerheide – since last September the area below is no longer accessible. Constant monitoring should allow the population to be alerted promptly in the event of a further deterioration of the situation.