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30 September 2022
I have been pondering the number of large landslide disasters that occurred in the 1960s. This is an initial list that includes the landslide impacts of two of the greatest earthquakes in history and a series of landslides caused by dams and mining.
9 September 2022
Using social media to collect data on landslides in near real-time: new research (Pennington et al. 2022) uses AI to map global landslides
28 July 2020
In the summer of 2019 the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC), launched a new disaster management portal (bipad.gov.np) to provide high quality spatial data. This allows landslide accidents in Nepal to be mapped in near real time.
18 May 2020
Data suggests that the recent high number of fatal landslides in East Africa may be associated with the state of the Indian Ocean Dipole
14 May 2020
I have made the 2019 fatal landslide dataset available as a Google Sheet for the community to use, and welcome any corrections or additions
13 May 2020
I have now been able to generate the global map of 2019 fatal landslides. This shows an unusual cluster of landslides in East Africa.
25 March 2020
In 2019 I recorded a total 463 non-seismic fatal landslides, causing 3270 deaths, plus a further 27 fatal landslides triggered by earthquakes, making 2019 the third worst on record.
5 February 2020
Analysis of the global geographical spread of landslides that cause fatalities demonstrates that the greatest losses occur in Asia
16 September 2019
A review of fatal landslides from the 2019 Northern Hemisphere summer monsoon suggests that the year has been significantly worse than the long term average
6 August 2019
In July 2019 I recorded the highest monthly number of fatal landslides since I started to collect the data in 2012. In total, I recorded 100 fatal landslides
17 July 2019
The 2019 summer monsoon in South Asia has now fully developed. Heavy rainfall has generated multiple landslides in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh
18 June 2019
We have now posted the full Global Fatal Landslide Database online. This new version adds a further year of data, covering 2004 to 2017 inclusive.
28 August 2018
As part of our work on mapping the distribution of global landslides, Melanie Froude has set up an online GIS tool to visualise the data
24 August 2018
Melanie Froude and I have just published in NHESS a new analysis of global fatal landslide occurrence from 2004 to 2016 inclusive. It shows that losses from landslides caused by humans are increasing with time
8 April 2018
A first analysis of fatal landslides, and the resultant deaths, in 2017. In terms of the number of events, 2017 was the third worst year since I started collecting data in late 2002. In total, 453 different landslides killed 4,164 people.
27 March 2018
NASA has now introduced a tool called Landslide Reporter that allows users to upload data to the NASA landslide catalogue
26 March 2018
NASA has released a series of animations that visualise global landslide climatology using their Landslide Hazard Assessment model for Situational Awareness (LHASA) model
30 January 2017
Analysis of my landslide database shows that the human cost of landslides in 2016 was lower than average, although the number of events was high
7 November 2016
Using my data, I have analysed the 2016 landslide year to the end of October. The number of events is significantly higher than for 2015.