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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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9 June 2022

The Black Lake landslide at Thetford Mines in Quebec

In the last few days a video captured by a drone of the aftermath of the 2009 Black Lake rockslide at Thetford Mines in Quebec, Canada, has gone viral. 

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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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16 March 2022

Retamas: a fatal landslide caught on video in Peru

On 15 March 2022 a large landslide occurred at Retamas in La Libertad in Peru. The landslide, which has left 6 missing, was captured on video.

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24 January 2022

Thelkoloi: another tailings failure, this time in India

Thelkoloi: another tailings failure, this time in India On Thursday 20 January 2022 another tailings failure occurred, this time at Thelkoloi in Odisha, India.  The failure has been reported in some of the media in India, but not more widely.  For example, the Hindustan Times reports that the failure was in a slurry pond from the JSW Bhushan Power and Steel Limited works in Sambalpur district.  It suggests that a …

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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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11 January 2022

Pau Branco: another significant mining-related landslide in Brazil

On 8 January 2022 a significant landslide occurred at the Pau Branco iron ore mine in Brazil, operated by the French company Vallourec.

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22 December 2021

Another fatal jade mine landslide in Myanmar

There are reports this morning of yet another fatal jade mine landslide in Myanmar, with indications of up to 100 deaths

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30 November 2021

Ananea: a significant mine waste failure in Peru

On 26 November 2021 a significant landslide occurred in mine waste near to the town on Ananea in Peru.

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12 November 2021

An update on the Ministro Hales mine landslide in Chile

An update on the Ministro Hales mine landslide in Chile

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10 November 2021

A large landslide at the Ministro Hales mine in Chile

A satellite image from Planet Labs shows the aftermath of a c.700 m landslide at the Ministro Hales mine in Chile between 8 and 9 November 2021. Thanks to @Geo_Risk for spotting this one.

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27 October 2021

The cost of mitigating slope safety risk for Welsh coal waste tips

Yesterday the Welsh Government released the results of an analysis of coal waste tips across South Wales. A total of 2,456 tips have been identified, of which 327 have been determined to have the potential to cause risk to safety.

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6 September 2021

Catoca mine in Angola – using satellite imagery to understand recent events

Catoca mine in Angola – using satellite imagery to understand recent events

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28 July 2021

Drone footage of the 31 May 2021 landslide at Bingham Canyon mine in Utah

Excellent drone footage has emerged of the development of the 31 May 2021 landslide at Bingham Canyon mine in Utah

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28 June 2021

Kara-Keche: the September 2020 landslide in Kyrgyzstan

Kara-Keche: on 14 September 2020 a spectacular landslide was caught on video in a coal mining area of Kyrgyzstan

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10 June 2021

Legal proposals to improve safety on Welsh and English coal tips

The Law Commission has published welcome proposals to change the legal framework on the management of coal tip safety in England and Wales

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4 June 2021

The 31 May 2021 landslide at the Bingham Canyon mine

On 31 May 2021 a landslide occurred at the Bingham Canyon mine in Utah, USA. This failure was successfully anticipated through the application of geotechnical monitoring

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