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4 June 2014

The sad tale of Maggie the Kakapo, the victim of a landslide

On Codfish island in New Zealand a rare Kakapo, known as Maggie, has been killed by a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall

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14 April 2014

Dart River (Te Horo) landslide complex in New Zealand

The Dart River landslide in New Zealand is an unusual case of a complex landslide that has generated valley-blocking debris flows. A new GNS Science report provides the details.

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17 March 2014

Mount Haast: A GNS report on the 2013 rock avalanche (which is also known as the Mount Dixon rock avalanche)

GNS Science in New Zealand have made available online a report into the January 2013 rock avalanche on Mount Haast / Mount Dixon

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10 March 2014

UBC distinguished lecture powerpoint file: Earthquake-induced landslides – lessons from Taiwan, Pakistan, China and New Zealand

The powerpoint file from my UBC Geological Engineering Distinguished Lecture on Earthquake Induced Landslides

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27 January 2014

Port Hills, Christchurch: demolishing the rockfall threatened houses

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority will today start the process of demolishing the houses in the Port Hills that have been affected by, or are threatened by, rockfalls

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16 January 2014

Aoraki / Mount Cook: A new survey of its height after the 1991 landslide

A GNS / University of Otago expedition has just resurveyed the height of Aoraki / Mount Cook after the 1991 rock avalanche. The mountain has lost 30 m.

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13 January 2014

The Dart Valley landslide in New Zealand

Over the last two weeks, a landslide in the Dart Valley of New Zealand has created a lake over 3 km long, although a major breach event is not expected

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28 August 2013

A GNS Science report into the fatal landslide in June at Otuwhero Inlet in New Zealand

A GNS Science report examines the fatal landslide at Otuwhero Inlet in New Zealand. The causes of the tragedy are more complex that one might have expected

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22 July 2013

Landslides and liquefaction from the Cook Straits earthquake yesterday

The Cook Strait earthquake sequence of the last three days has generated a small number of landslides and liquefaction failures

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21 July 2013

Earthquakes shake NZ capital

New Zealand is at it again–or as usual–seismically. This time a series of strong earthquakes in the Cook Strait culminated Sunday morning with a M6.5 between the South and North Islands, shaking the national capital of Wellington and exacting a fair bit of damage around the region. The shocks started with two oddly steep convergent events, a 5.3 Friday morning and a 5.8 in the wee hours Sunday morning. Each …

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14 March 2013

Managing landslide hazard – an example from Franz Josef in New Zealand

A recent paper (Barth 2013) has highlighted a deforming slope near to Franz Josef in New Zealand. This rather nicely highlights the difficulties of assessing the hazard in steep mountain terrain

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24 February 2013

An intrepretation of the Mount Dixon rock avalanche in New Zealand using satellite imagery

This post provides an interpretation of the Mount Dixon rock avalanche using NASA EO-1 ALI imagery collected shortly after the event. It shows that the landslide went through a dramatic transition from rock avalanche to sliding

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12 February 2013

The full video of the Mount Dixon rock avalanche from Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park in New Zealand

The full video of the rock avalanche on Mount Dixon in Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park is now available. It is astounding!

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29 January 2013

A round up of just a few of the recent landslide events

In the last few weeks there has been an unusual amount of landslide activity worldwide.  This is just a few of the more interesting events, there are many more that I’ll try to cover in the next few days.  Thanks to everyone who has pointed them out to e, and apologies if I have not acknowledged your contribution or covered your story yet.  Please do keep them coming! 1. The …

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28 January 2013

The video of the Mount Dixon (Aoraki Mount Cook) rock avalanche in motion

. At the time of the rock avalanche on Mount Dixon in Aoraki Mount Cook in New Zealand last week it was reported that at least one of the occupants of the Plateau Hut caught the video in action.  This has proven to be the case – 3 News NZ has obtained the footage from the climber – Neil Wiltshire – and has a nice report that features it.  At …

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23 January 2013

An analysis, based on Images and video, of the Mount Cook National Park landslide on Monday

An initial analysis of the Mount Dixon landslide in New Zealand on Monday

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4 January 2013

A round-up of recent landslide stories and incidents

A round-up of interesting landslide stories in the last week, including the UK, New Zealand, Brazil and Malaysia

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26 November 2012

Rockfall risk assessment reports for the Port Hills, Christchurch, New Zealand

A series of reports on the level of life risk from rockfalls in the Port Hills area of Christchurch in New Zealand has now been released by the council

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26 October 2012

Landslides in Art Part 15 – The Landslide Blues

The latest in my landslides in art series, featuring a song: The Landslide Blues by Mark Owen

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15 October 2012

An easy Monday morning – a fantastic cliff collapse video from New Zealand

A remarkable video of a cliff collapse in New Zealand in 2000 and an image of a similar landslide on Friday

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