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18 January 2021

Gravity always wins: in New Zealand landslides are more deadly than earthquakes

Gravity always wins: new research by GNS Science has shown that in New Zealand landslides are more deadly than earthquakes


24 October 2019

The social impact of landslides in Mexico

Landslides in Mexico: a new study (Diaz et al, 2019) shows that landslides have caused at least 3447 fatalities since 1935.


6 August 2019

July 2019: a record-breaking landslide month for fatal landslides

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


14 March 2019

Losses from landslides in South Korea

A new paper in Engineering Geology documents loss inducing landslides in South Korea from 1970 to 2018, revealing that 1728 people have lost their lives.


24 August 2018

Global fatal landslide occurrence from 2004 to 2016

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


20 July 2018

Losses from landslides in China – a new study

In a new paper in the journal Landslides, Lin and Wong (2018) analyse losses from landslides in China from 1950 to 2016. They show that, excluding earthquake triggered events, 28,139 people died in 1233 fatal landslide events.


19 April 2017

Losses from landslides in Colombia: the long term picture

Overnight there are reports of further deaths from landslides in Colombia. Data since 2004 suggests that landslides continue to inflict a high cost there


30 January 2017

The human cost of landslides in 2016

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

The 2016 landslide year to the end of October

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.


24 August 2016

30 Deaths from Lightning in the U.S. So Far This Year. 12 From Tornadoes

Meteorologist John Jensenius at NOAA keeps track of the deaths from lightning each year, and I asked him to send me a list of the deaths each month, so that I could share. We are now up to 30, and it is worth noting that 80% of the deaths are male and 20% female, a fact that is not unusual, with far more males rather than females becoming victims each …


17 June 2016

Review of a paper: fatal landslides in Europe

In a paper just published in the journal landslides, Haque et al (2016) present data on fatal landslides in Europe between 1995 and 2014


18 May 2016

Fatal landslides in 2016 so far

A review of fatal landslides in 2016 to date suggests that so far the number of events and number of deaths is very similar to 2015