13 February 2011

Two videos: the aftermath of the remarkable Turkish open cast mine accident and a CNN hero

Posted by dr-dave

1. The Turkish open cast mine accident

Details of what appears to be an incredible landslide remain frustratingly difficult to track down, but thanks to commenter Christian N for tracking down this video of the site:

http://video.milliyet.com.tr/Afsinde-gocuk-1-olu-5-yarali_1_47731.htm

This is a truly remarkable slide.  The only similar event that I can recall is the equally astonishing November 2007 landslide at Yallourn in Australia:

The landslide in Turkey may well be larger than this event.

2. CNN Hero – Anne Hallum

CNN has a very nice video piece highlighting the work of Anne Hallum, who established the NGO AIR, which supports farmers to plant forests to avoid landslides in Guatemala and Nicaragua.  The video and article is here:

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/americas/02/10/cnnheroes.hallum.guatemala.mudslides/index.html?hpt=T2