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Pictured: The incredible moment a massive section of mountain breaks off and plummets 1,000 feet, destroying the forest below

  • The footage was captured by a geologist who just happened to be filming
  • 2,000 cubic metres of rock fell and caused an avalanche on the mountain
  • Major movement was detected prior to rockfall and hamlet was evacuated
  • Rockfall tore a path through trees and the noise echoed around the valley

This is the incredible moment a huge piece of rock broke free from the side of a mountain and plummeted 1,000 feet in Switzerland.

The incredible footage was captured by a geologist who just happened to be filming when the rock fall occurred on a mountain in the Swiss Alps.

According to local reports the 2,000 cubic metres of solid rock that fell caused an avalanche on the mountain of Mel de la Niva, near Evolene.

The incredible footage was captured by a geologist who just happened to be filming when the rock fell

2,000 cubic metres of solid rock that fell caused an avalanche on the mountain of Mel de la Niva

2,000 cubic metres of solid rock that fell caused an avalanche on the mountain of Mel de la Niva

Geologists studying the mountain had noted geological activity prior to the incident and the site had been under surveillance since 2013, reported Le Nouvelliste.

The noise from the rockfall was said to have echoed around the valley, as the debris rained down on the mountain, tearing a path through the trees

The noise from the rockfall was said to have echoed around the valley, as the debris rained down on the mountain, tearing a path through the trees

Major movements were detected last week and the hamlet of Arbey and a road below the mountain had been evacuated and shut the day before.

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