12 February 2011
Just a brief heads-up to anyone in Adelaide, Australia this week. I will be giving two public lectures as follows:
Coastal cliff erosion – Monday, 14 February, 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm, at the University of Adelaide, Chapman Lecture Theatre (North Terrace Campus). Hosted by the University of Adelaide.
Impact of landslides triggered by earthquakes – Wednesday, 16 February, 6.00pm-8.00pm, at Level 11, 108 King William Street. Hosted by Engineers Australia. You need to book for this one: see advert here.
I promise to mention the Ashes cricket only once in each talk…
An open pit landslide in Turkey
There was a very dramatic, large landslide in an open pit coal mine in Kahramanmaraş Province of Turkey on Thursday morning, which has left one miner dead and a further nine missing. The slide, which has been erroneously reported as an explosion in some quarters, occurred in the Çöllolar coalfield near the Afşin-Elbistan power plant. Some of the media have images of what appears to be a very large failure – this report suggests that it may be 50 million cubic metres!
The most revealing image I have found to date is this one, from here:
Anadolu Agency also has an image pair that starts to hint at the possible scale of the event:
This is a very large pit. I believe that this image shows the mine (from Bizim Elbistan):
Has anyone seen an aerial image of the landslide?