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18 August 2017

A tale of two major slides: understanding the Regent and Kotrupi / Kotropi landslides

Further details are now emerging about the Kotropi and Regent landslides, which have killed hundreds of people in India and Sierra Leone this week

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13 August 2017

Kotrupi: a landslide in northern India kills at least 46 people

On 13th August 2017 at least 46 people were killed when two buses were struck by a landslide at Kotrupi in Himachal Pradesh in Northern India

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25 July 2017

Pandoh: two good new landslide videos from Himachal Pradesh in India

Two good new landslide videos have been posted on Youtube: a topple from Pandoh and a wedge failure from elsewhere in Himachal Pradesh in India

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24 July 2017

Larcha: a landslide destroys a key bridge in northern Nepal

On Sunday 23rd July 2017 a landslide destroyed the bridge over the Bhotekoshi river at Larcha in Nepal, severing the Araniko Highway

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10 July 2017

Spectacular landslide videos from Arunachal Pradesh in India

As the monsoon intensifies across Asia, a series of landslide videos have been published from Arunachal Pradesh in India and from China

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22 June 2017

A recent rock avalanche in the Yumthang Valley in Sikkim, northern India

Friends from NGU, NGI, IIT Kharagpurhttp://www.iitkgp.ac.in/ and WIHG have discovered a recent large rock avalanche in the Yumthang valley of Sikkim in northern India

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1 June 2017

Landslide weirdness: Sri Lanka

Landslide weirdness: an article in a newspaper in Sri Lanka blames the recent devastating landslides on a shift towards the North Pole!

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17 April 2017

The Meethotamulla garbage dump landslide: an avoidable tragedy?

As the death toll from the Meethotamulla garbage dump landslide goes up, there is increasing evidence that many concerns have raised about the site

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16 April 2017

The Meethotamulla garbage dump disaster in Sri Lanka

The Meethotamulla garbage dump in Colombo, Sri Lanka is now known to have killed at least 26 people. Images suggest this was a disaster waiting to happen.

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13 April 2017

Shimla and Idaho: two new, and very different, landslide videos

Two new landslide videos have appeared on Youtube; one from Shimla showing a large slide triggered by construction, and the other on a highway in Idaho, USA

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29 March 2017

Nepal rural roads: the hazards of construction without design

Gareth Hearn has written a very nice paper in QJEGH that considers landslide problems on Nepal rural roads, highlighting the need for better route selection and design

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9 March 2017

Chamba: an impressive set of landslide videos from Himachal Pradesh

Three new videos have been posted on Youtube that show a dramatic landslide at Chamba in Himachal Pradesh, India, which apparently occurred on Monday

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6 March 2017

Righa in Nepal: another landslide associated with a hydropower project

At Righa in Baglung District in Nepal, a valley-blocking landslide over the weekend was apparently triggered by road construction for a hydropower project

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16 January 2017

Future shock – the failure to learn from the 2015 earthquake in Nepal

To mark National Earthquake Day, the Nepal Times has a series of articles entitled Future Shock that examines the failure to learn from the 2015 earthquake

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9 January 2017

Naxal, Kathmandu: a landslide apparently caused by poor construction management

At 7 am yesterday a major collapse occurred on an important road in Naxal, Kathmandu, apparently triggered by poor construction techniques for a new hotel

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30 November 2016

Earthquake induced landslides in the Himalayan mountains – new evidence for earthquake potential in Bhutan

A recently-published paper suggests that the Himalayan country of Bhutan suffered a major (approx M=8.0) earthquake in 1714, emphasing the potential for a future event that would probably lead to extensive landsliding.

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13 October 2016

Nepal landslides 2016: losses at the end of the rainy season

Nepal landslides 2016: analysis of my dataset for the last 36 years suggest that 2016 was the worst year on record for landslide events.

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4 September 2016

Taplejung: another burst of fatal landslides in Nepal

Over the last few days, 19 people have been killed by landslides in Nepal, with the most serious impacts occurring in Taplejung in the east of the country.

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2 September 2016

Uttarkhand and Siliguri: two new landslide videos from India

Two new landslide videos from India have been posted this week on Youtube – one showing a large rockslide in Uttarakhand and the other a lucky escape from Siliguri

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19 August 2016

The Dzongu landslide dam: an update

Whilst at the moment the Dzongu landslide dam in Sikkim appears to be stable, the Indian authorities are starting to assess the long term hazards that it might pose to upstream and downstream communities

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