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13 May 2016

New research estimates probability of mega-earthquake in the Aleutians

A new study estimates the probability of a Magnitude 9+ earthquake in the Aleutian Islands—an event with sufficient power to create a mega-tsunami especially threatening to Hawai‘i. In the next 50 years, there is a 9 percent chance of such an event, according to researchers from University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

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26 April 2016

The distribution of landslides from the M=7.0 Kumamoto Earthquake

Stunning data from DPRI at Kyoto University, and available as a Google Earth kmz file, provides the first map of the distribution of landslides triggered by the M=7.0 Kumamoto Earthquake in Japan

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24 April 2016

The first anniversary of the Gorkha earthquake in Nepal: the Langtang rock and ice avalanche

Today is the 1st anniversary of the Gorkha earthquake in Nepal. A USGS report published last year describes the most significant landslide, the Gorkha rock and ice avalanche, which killed over 200 people.

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20 April 2016

Images of other landslides from the Kumamoto earthquakes

Another set of high quality aerial images of several of the landslides triggered by the Kumamoto earthquakes in Japan, as photographed by Asia Air Survey

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19 April 2016

Drone footage of the Kumamoto earthquake landslides

Drone footage and high quality images are now becoming available of the Kumamoto Earthquake landslides in Japan. In some cases the landslides appear to be remarkable.

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18 April 2016

Landslides from the Kumamoto earthquake in Japan

The Kumamoto earthquake in Japan appears to have triggered a large number of landslides. This post provides some images of some of the larger landslides

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15 February 2016

Sumner rockfalls – videos from the M=5.7 earthquake near Christchurch yesterday

Sumner rockfalls – videos of the landslides triggered by the M=5.7 earthquake near to Christchurch in New Zealand yesterday

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8 February 2016

Taking responsibility for disaster risk reduction

The recent Taiwan earthquake and the Samarco tailings dam failure both illustrate the critical role of individual responsibility in disaster risk reduction

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4 February 2016

Landslides near Muzaffarabad from the 2005 Kashmir earthquake

The 2005 Kashmir earthquake in Pakistan triggered large numbers of landslides. Google Earth imagery illustrates their dramatic impacts

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27 January 2016

Landslides in Chile 4: The Punta Cola rock avalanche in Aysén Fjord

Triggered by the Mw 6.2 Aysén earthquake in Chile on 21 April 2007, the Punta Cola rock avalanche has a volume of 22.4 million cubic metres

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20 January 2016

Landslides in Chile Part 2: Las Cortaderas

High in the Andes in central Chile lies the Las Cortaderas Landslide complex, the most recent portion of which was triggered by an earthquake in 1958

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17 January 2016

Landslides in Chile Part 1: Arauco

In September 2010 a M=8.8 earthquake struck Arauco in Chile. These landslides are part of our Newton Fund project on earthquake induced landslides in Chile.

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11 January 2016

The weirdness of Mass Ejection Landslides in China

In the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, a small number of mass ejection landslides have been described. Strangely, these have never been observed elsewhere.

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17 December 2015

Music of the Earth

Stanford University’s Miles Traer, once again, is cartooning from the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

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19 November 2015

Lefkada: dramatic landslides from the earthquake on 17th November

The M=6.5 earthquake off the coast of Lefkada in Greece on Tuesday induced dramatic landslides, caught on video, that have covered the famously beautiful Egremni Beach

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4 November 2015

My latest paper: hillslope preconditioning

In a new paper, we examine the distribution of landslides from two earthquakes in New Zealand to see if hillslope preconditioning – the idea that the legacy of one trigger event can influence slope behaviour ins subsequent event – occurred. The results suggest that this might have been a factor in the area affected by both earthquakes,

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2 November 2015

A roundup of new landslide videos

A round up of new landslide videos that have appeared on Youtube in the last fortnight, with examples from Switzerland, Mexico and Pakistan

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28 October 2015

Landslides from the Afghanistan earthquake on Monday

Some interesting videos and images are now emerging of landslides and rockfalls triggered by the M=7.5 Afghanistan earthquake on Monday

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26 October 2015

Indian slab lurches downward beneath Afghanistan

As I walked into the department this bright brisk morning, coffee cheerily in hand, the live global seismogram display in the atrium caught my eye with an alarming event that had just happened during my bike ride into work. BIG earthquake, somewhere in the vicinity of Central/Southern Asia. Indeed, an earthquake deep (>200 km) beneath the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan had shaken a huge swath of Central and South …

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5 October 2015

The seismically triggered landslide dam in Honshiyan, Yunnan, China: a review of a new paper

In a just published paper, Zhang et al. 2015 describe the emergency works undertaken to mitigate the seismically triggered landslide dam at Honshiyan, Yunnan in China in 2014.

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