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22 November 2022

Rubaya: at least 32 people killed in landslides in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Rubaya: there are reports that at least 32 people killed on 18 November by mining related landslides in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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16 November 2022

Mizoram: a deadly quarry rockslide caught on video

On 14 November 2022 a rockslide occurred at a quarry in Maudarh in Mizoram, India, killing 12 workers. The event was captured on video.

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15 November 2022

The impact of the Williamson Diamond Mine tailings breach

The Planet Labs SkySat image shows the impact of the Williamson Diamond Mine tailings breach on downstream communities

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10 November 2022

High-resolution SkySat imagery of the Williamson Mine tailings dam breach

Planet Labs has now captured and released high resolution imagery of the Williamson Mine tailings dam breach in Tanzania

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9 November 2022

Planet Labs image of the Williamson Diamond Mine tailings dam failure

Planet Labs has captured a PlanetScope image of the Williamson Diamond Mine tailings dam failure that shows both the breach and the plume.

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8 November 2022

Another tailings dam failure: the Williamson Mine in Tanzania

Another major tailings dam failure has occurred in Africa, this time at the Williamson Mine in Tanzania. The plume of pollution is >6 km long.

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3 October 2022

Shuiliandong: an example of a landslide triggered by underground coal mining

Shuiliandong: a paper in the journal Landslides (Ma et al, 2022) highlights an example of a landslide triggered by underground coal mining

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26 September 2022

High resolution satellite imagery of the Jagersfontein tailings dam failure

Satellite image company Planet Labs has released high resolution imagery of the Jagersfontein tailings dam failure

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15 September 2022

Provisional InSAR data for the Jagersfontein Tailings Storage Facility failure

CGG Minerals and Mining has posted provisional but fascinating InSAR data for the site of the Jagersfontein Tailings Storage Facility failure

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13 September 2022

Analysing the aerial and satellite imagery of the Jagersfontein tailings dam disaster

Aerial and satellite imagery of the Jagersfontein tailings dam disaster highlights a complex failure event and high mobility of the slimes.

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12 September 2022

The 11 September 2022 Jagersfontein tailings dam failure

On 11 September 2022 a major tailings dam failure occurred at Jagersfontein in South Africa. The local plume of pollution extends >8 km.

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8 September 2022

The 5 September 2022 landslide at a mine at Labohan Dagang in Malaysia

On 5 September 2022 a significant landslide occurred at an active tin (?) mine in Labohan Dagang, Banting, Malaysia. The event was caught on video from two different perspectives. 

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26 August 2022

17-Ice: Stolen moon ice

When you think of ice, you might imagine glaciers, the North Pole, a clink in your water glass. But it turns out that our closest neighbor in space isn’t just a dusty ball—the moon has ice tucked away in deep craters at each of its poles. On top of that, scientists think the moon stole its ice: from comets, asteroids, maybe even from the Earth.

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18 August 2022

Quarrying soapstone

Earlier this summer, I was lucky enough to visit a soapstone quarrying operation in Schuyler, Virginia, right on the Albemarle/Nelson County line. These soapstone bodies are metamorphosed ultramafic intrusions into the Neoproterozoic sedimentary deposits of the Lynchburg Group. The protolith peridotite sill crystallized at ~580 Ma, meaning the host sediments are older than that (but younger than the Grenvillian basement complex that underlies both). Then both plutonic rock and sedimentary …

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4 August 2022

The 26 July 2016 landslide at Fushun west pit in China

On 26 July 2016 a 3.1 million cubic metre landslide occurred at a high wall coal mine at Fushun in China, causing extensive damage. The failure is documented in a new paper (Sun et al. 2022) in the journal Landslides.

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4 May 2022

The Claxton Bay landslide in Trinidad

The residents of a community in the Claxton Bay area of Trinidad in the Caribbean are having their lives destroyed by a landslide

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6 April 2022

A tailings dam failure in Wenquan Township Jiaokou County, Shanxi Province, China

On 27 March 2022 a tailings dam failed at Wenquan Township, Shanxi Province, China. Satellite images from Planet reveal the scale of the event

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28 March 2022

Ibri: a large quarry landslide in Al-Dhahirah, Oman

Ibri: on 27 March 2022 a large landslide in a marble quarry in Al-Dhahirah, Oman killed six workers and injured a further five people.

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13 January 2022

The Pau Branco landslide – video of the overtopping of the dam

The 8 January 2022 Pau Branco landslide in mine waste – CCTV footage has now emerged showing the overtopping of the dam

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12 January 2022

Flow from the mining landslide at Pau Branco

Flow from the mining landslide at Pau Branco The mining landslide at Pau Branco caused a significant release of mine waste, which appears to have flowed into the water retention structure below.  This image, from the Observatório da Mineração, shows the flow path:- . As the image shows, the landslide overtopped the retaining structure, which remained essentially intact (note the superficial erosion on either side of the dam abutments).  The …

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