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2 April 2014

The Oso (Steelhead) landslide in Washington State – could it have been foreseen?

There has been some speculation as to whether the Oso (Steelhead) landslide in Washington could, and should, have been foreseen. The answer is yes!

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28 March 2014

The Oso (Steelhead) landslide: mechanisms of movement and the challenges of recovering the victims

Seismic data indicates that the Oso (Steelhead) landslide was a two phase movement event. Sadly attention is now focused on the recovery of the remains of the victims rather than on a rescue operation

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24 March 2014

Oso landslip: useful resources and the rising human cost

As the toll from the Oso landslip rises, this post provides some useful resources from a variety of blogs

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23 March 2014

Oso landslide in Washington State: three people killed and the river is blocked

A large landslide near Oso in Washington State, USA, yesterday has killed 3 people and left at least 5 seriously injured.

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13 March 2014

The Mount La Perouse landslide: new images

Marten Geertsema has kindly made a set of images of the Mount La Perouse landslide available. These were collected during a field visit last week.

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25 February 2014

Mount La Perouse rock avalanche: more images

Satellite images and additional photographs are now available of the Mount La Perouse rock avalanche. This is a big landslide – runout distance is >7 km

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21 February 2014

Emergency assessment of wildfire debris flow potential

The USGS has a new web-based tool for disseminating information about debris flow potential for areas affected by wildfires

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20 February 2014

Breaking news: a very large landslide in Alaska on Sunday

Using seismic data, Colin Stark and colleagues have detected a new, very large landslide in Alaska on Sunday. At about 68 million tonnes, this may have been the largest natural landslide since 2010

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29 January 2014

The Keystone Canyon avalanche in Alaska, and its large ice-dammed lake

The Keystone Canyon avalanche, a very large snow and ice avalanche on the Richardson Highway in Alaska has blocked the road and impounded a lake

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6 January 2014

New paper review – seismic data generated by the Bingham Canyon landslide

A new paper examines the geophysical data generated by the Bingham Canyon landslide, showing the rock avalanches induced tectonic aftershocks.

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16 December 2013

The Rockville rockfall cliff has a history of dangerous collapses

More information is now available about the fatal Rockville rockfall on Thursday. A Utah Geological Survey report in 2010 identified the high level of hazard associated with this cliff, and recommended that a more detailed hazard assessment was needed.

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13 December 2013

The Utah rockfall tragedy – the importance of interpreting clues in the landscape

The fatal Utah rockfall yesterday highlights the importance of using geomorphic evidence to highlight dangerous locations below steep slopes

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13 November 2013

New landslide video: the luckiest dog in the world!

Back in August a video captured a mudslide striking a kennel in Kentucky. So how did the dog survive?

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23 October 2013

Review of a paper: landslide scenarios for a large Seattle earthquake

A new paper models landslide occurrence for a large Seattle earthquake in western USA. The results suggest that the effects of landslides would be extremely serious

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21 October 2013

Pure geovandalism “justified” as rockfall prevention in Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

Three men who destroyed a natural rock formation in Goblin Valley State Park, Utah justified their act of vandalism as rockfall protection. It was not.

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2 October 2013

A selfless act of bravery – a father saves his daughter by shielding her with his body

In a selfless act of bravery, a father saved the life of 13-year-old Gracie Johnson by shielding her from rockslide debris in Colorado

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1 October 2013

Five people killed in rockslide on Mount Princeton in Chaffee County, Colorado

A rockslide on Monday on the flanks of Mount Princeton in Chaffee County, Colorado killed five people and left a teenage girls with a broken leg

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26 September 2013

The costs to the mining industry of landslides – examples from Brazil and the USA

Two recent examples, from Brazil and Utah, demonstrate the potentially enormous financial impacts of landslides on the mining industry

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13 September 2013

A video of riverbank collapses in Utah

On September 11th, an interesting video of a series of flood-induced riverbank collapses in Wahweap Creek in Southern Utah was captured by David Rankin

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9 September 2013

A large mudflow at Stehekin in Washington State, USA

The North Cascades National Park Service has released some dramatic photographs of a debris flow that struck Stehekin in Washington State on Thursday

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