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PHOTOS: When Barn-Sized Boulder Meets Barn, Barn Loses

The path of destruction can be clearly seen at this farm in northern Italy, where a boulder broke loose from a mountain and rolled down and through a barn. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

The path of destruction can be clearly seen at this farm in northern Italy, where a boulder broke loose from a mountain and rolled down and through a barn. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Markus Hell/Tareom.com/AP hide caption

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First things first: No one was hurt.

Now, with that out of the way, we have to confess to being amazed by some photos from northern Italy — where a huge boulder broke free earlier this month, rolled down a mountain and turned a barn into splinters as it narrowly missed a farmhouse.

As other views show, a second boulder also came down the mountain that day. Fortunately, it came to rest just short of the home.

You can see in additional images that this isn't the first time a block as big as a barn has rolled down from above in Ronchi di Termeno.

Rock slides, of course, are nothing to joke about. In December, a couple in Rockville, Utah, were killed when a boulder smashed their home. In October, five hikers died near Buena Vista, Colo., when a "cascade of boulders" came across the trail they were on.

Update at 6:45 a.m. ET, Feb. 1. Video:

Many thanks to reader "parsnip," who shared a link in the comments thread to an equally amazing video that Italy's Tareom newssite produced, apparently using a camera mounted on an unmanned aerial vehicle to show the scene.

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  • The rock in the foreground has been there many years. It's the boulder in the center of the photo that turned a barn into splinters in mid-January.
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    The rock in the foreground has been there many years. It's the boulder in the center of the photo that turned a barn into splinters in mid-January.
    Markus Hell/Tareom.com/AP
  • It left quite a gouge.
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    It left quite a gouge.
    Markus Hell/Tareom.com/AP
  • The boulder's destructive path through the barn is clear, as is how close it came to the farmhouse.
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    The boulder's destructive path through the barn is clear, as is how close it came to the farmhouse.
    Markus Hell/Tareom.com/AP
  • A second boulder was headed for the house. Thankfully, it came to a stop just in time.
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    A second boulder was headed for the house. Thankfully, it came to a stop just in time.
    Markus Hell/Tareom.com/AP

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