Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018
VENICE

High water floods Venice

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Venice, January 21 - Venice was inundated with
'high water' floods Monday.
Low-lying areas such as St Mark's Square and the Rialto
Bridge neighborhood barricaded storefronts as 105 centimeters of
sea water crept over the banks of surrounding canals.
Fog sat heavy on top of the lagoon and the surrounding
mainland Veneto region.
While flooding was moderate on Monday, floods have reached
chest-high levels several times since this autumn, flooding
stores and ground-floor apartments.
The causes are both natural and man-made.
Decades of pumping groundwater caused significant damage to
the delicate foundation before the practice was called off.
Weather experts say the high-water threat has been
increasing in recent years as heavier rains have hit northern
Italy.
Other possible explanations for the phenomenon include the
sea floor rising as a result of incoming silt and gas extraction
in the sea off Venice undermining the islands.
According to a recent study, plate tectonics are also to
blame as the Adriatic plate is sliding beneath the Apennine
Mountains, causing the area to drop in elevation.

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