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Spain: 'Don't look up' - Gerb residents face threat of rock that could crush village04:37

Spain: 'Don't look up' - Gerb residents face threat of rock that could crush village

Spain, Gerb
January 13, 2022 at 23:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

Residents of Gerb, in Lleida, have expressed their concern after a huge rock that sits on top of a group of 10 houses threatened to collapse, crushing a large part of the village.

Footage recorded on Thursday shows a crack that could at any moment cause the collapse of the rock, which is eight metres high and 20 metres wide, on the houses in the village.

"We have a house, we have a building permit for the house, everything, but we don't know it [the rock] is moving until we put the sensors on it and they tell us it is moving, then we see that there is a problem and all we ask is, whoever it is, but that they fix it or do what they have to do and not for tomorrow, but today," said Miquel Boneu, a Gerb resident.

The threat of collapse became evident after maintenance work revealed an increase in the size of the crack that separates the rock from the bedrock.

"What could happen to us is that the garages and farms under the rock could be affected by the amount of earth that would fall on top of it, and certainly remnants of this large mass could reach the road that crosses the middle of the village, and also the houses that are in the front line could be impacted," said Estefania Rufach, the mayor of Gerb.

According to local reports, the bottom fell from the rock in 2019, after which safety nets were installed.

Spain: 'Don't look up' - Gerb residents face threat of rock that could crush village04:37
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Residents of Gerb, in Lleida, have expressed their concern after a huge rock that sits on top of a group of 10 houses threatened to collapse, crushing a large part of the village.

Footage recorded on Thursday shows a crack that could at any moment cause the collapse of the rock, which is eight metres high and 20 metres wide, on the houses in the village.

"We have a house, we have a building permit for the house, everything, but we don't know it [the rock] is moving until we put the sensors on it and they tell us it is moving, then we see that there is a problem and all we ask is, whoever it is, but that they fix it or do what they have to do and not for tomorrow, but today," said Miquel Boneu, a Gerb resident.

The threat of collapse became evident after maintenance work revealed an increase in the size of the crack that separates the rock from the bedrock.

"What could happen to us is that the garages and farms under the rock could be affected by the amount of earth that would fall on top of it, and certainly remnants of this large mass could reach the road that crosses the middle of the village, and also the houses that are in the front line could be impacted," said Estefania Rufach, the mayor of Gerb.

According to local reports, the bottom fell from the rock in 2019, after which safety nets were installed.