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22 February 2017
In 2013 the catastrophic Sanxicun landslide in Sichuan Province in China killed 166 people. A new paper suggests that it reached a peak velocity of 170 km/h
9 February 2017
In a new paper in landslide, my colleague Lis Bowman and her co-authors describe the reactivation by bridge construction of the Dongla landslide in China
22 January 2017
On Friday night a major rockslope failure in Nanzhang County, Hubei, China crushed a hotel, killing 12 people and injuring three more.
23 December 2016
A blog by C-Y Chen in Mandarin provides details of the long history of landslides at Jiuhaocha Village, Pingtung County in Taiwan
22 December 2016
The aboriginal village of Jiuhaocha in the Central Mountains was destroyed by typhoon Morakot in 2009, illustrating the dynamic landscape of Taiwan
25 October 2016
The new satellite start-up, Planet, have collected satellite imagery of the second Aru Mountains avalanche in Tibet, allowing initial analysis of the flow
11 October 2016
The Sixth Tone has published two articles evaluating the missed opportunities to prevent the Sucun landslide disaster in China, which killed 27 people last week
4 October 2016
The Sucun Village landslide in China killed 27 people, whilst there are worrying prospects of landslides in Haiti from Hurricane Matthew
3 October 2016
Thanks to various friends the location of the very dangerous and large Rizhao rockslide in Shandong, China last week is now clear
28 September 2016
On Saturday a large rockslide occurred at a brand new public park in Rizhao in Shandong, eastern China. The event appears to have been a lucky escape.
15 August 2016
Reports and images are emerging from China that show a major tailings dam failure at the Henan Xiangjiang Wanji works at Luoyang in Henan Province
5 August 2016
In a paper published in Science today, Wu et al (2016) report on the Jishi Gorge landslide in China, which may have been responsible for the creation of the Xia Dynasty as a result of a catastrophic flood on the Yellow River that occurred when it breached.
16 July 2016
A video has appeared on Youtube showing a very near miss between a landslide and a crowded bus in Ya’an City, Sichuan, China. Quick thinking by the driver avoided catastrophe
28 June 2016
The New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering have produced a very nice reconnaissance report on the impacts of the Kumamto Earthquake in Japan with a very nice interpretation of some of the landslides triggered by this important event.
22 June 2016
On Monday a landslide in Pingle County in Guangxi Zhuang in China buried seven workers at a stone quarry. Rescue operations are ongoing.
21 June 2016
Heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours has triggered landslides across the Kumamoto Earthquake zone, killing at least three people and leaving two missing
10 May 2016
The location of the Chitan hydropower landslide Xinhua now reports that the number of people killed or missing in the Chitan Hydropower landslide on Sunday total 41 people, and that so far 31 bodies have been recovered. A further 13 people were injured, some critically. CCTV has put on Youtube a section of drone footage of the landslide site, showing the ongoing rescue operations: . This view suggests that the …
8 May 2016
Mining in Burma and hydroelectric power in China: two major landslides with familiar causes this weekend
This weekend there have been two deadly landslides that repeat familiar themes: one was associated with mining in Burma (Myanmar) and the other with the construction of facilities to generate hydroelectric power in China
26 April 2016
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
25 April 2016
Espirito Santo rock joint collapses There is an extraordinary video on Facebook showing massive collapses of sheeting joints in Espirito Santo Brazil. I cannot embed the video, but really recommend that you take a look. This is the moment of collapse: . The collapse occurred in Pancas County of Espirito Santo in an area of granite massifs. The video was posted by Heinrich Theodor Frank, who provides the following comment …