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11 January 2023

Rosas in Cauca, Colombia: a truly extraordinary landslide

A very large, unusual landslide has occurred in Rosas, Cauca in Columbia, displacing over 700 people and closing the Pan American Highway

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23 December 2022

Losses from debris flows in Brazil

An open access paper in the journal Landslides (Cabral et al. 2022) analyses debris flows in Brazil over the last century, finding that 45 events have killed 5,771 people and generated US$5,5 billion in economic losses.

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2 December 2022

BR-376: a deadly highway landslide in Brazil

BR-376: on 28 November 2022 heavy rainfall triggered a large landslide on a highway in Brazil . At least two people were killed, whilst rescue operations are ongoing.

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20 November 2022

Satellite imagery of the El Molino landslide in Norte de Santander, Colombia

Satellite imagery from Planet Labs provides insights into the El Molino landslide in Norte de Santander, Colombia

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14 November 2022

El Molino: a very large landslide in Colombia

On 10 November 2022 a 5 km long landslide occurred at El Molino in Villa Caro, Santander in Colombia, killing five people.

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25 October 2022

The Las Tejerías landslide disaster: Planet Labs imagery of the source of the flows

The Las Tejerías landslide disaster: Planet Labs imagery of the source of the flows shows multiple shallow slips

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18 October 2022

Las Tejerías: landslides in the upstream catchment

The Las Tejerías landslide disaster: helicopter footage shows multiple landslides in the catchment upstream of the town.

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12 October 2022

Las Tejerías: Planet Labs imagery starts to clarify the sequence of events

Las Tejerías: Planet Labs images have captured the aftermath of the landslide, which came down the channel from the north.

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10 October 2022

The 8-9 October 2022 disaster at Las Tejerías in Venezuela

On 8-9 October 2022 a “landslide” disaster occurred at Las Tejerías in Venezuela, killing at least 30 people, and leaving a further 54 people missing.

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14 July 2022

San Antonio de Prado: a high mobility landslide in Colombia

On Wednesday 13 July 2022 a major landslide occurred at San Antonio de Prado in Medellin, Colombia, killing at least two people

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7 July 2022

The role of climate change in the May 2022 landslides in Pernambuco, Brazil

A new attribution study indicates that climate change is likely to have been a factor in the Pernambuco landslides in Brazil

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8 June 2022

San Carlos de Bariloche: a deadly slope failure in Argentina

On Monday 6 June 2022 a slope failure struck a hotel located close to San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina, killing at least one person

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31 May 2022

Images of the deadly landslides in Recife, Brazil

Over the last few days heavy rainfall has triggered a wave of deadly landslides in the Recife area of Brazil

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7 April 2022

The long term history of fatal landslides in Colombia

In a paper just published in the journal Landslides (Garcia-Delgado, Petley et al. 2022), we have examined the history of fatal landslides in Colombia. The results are quite surprising.

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4 April 2022

Praia de Itaguaçu: one of a series of destructive landslides in Brazil

Praia de Itaguaçu: one of a series of destructive landslides in Brazil On Saturday 2 April 2022 a series of landslides were triggered by heavy rainfall in the state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.  In total 16 people are known to have died, the majority of whom lost their lives in landslides. The picture is a little confused at the moment, but reports include a mudslide in the town …

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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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21 February 2022

Landslide risk in the Brazilian city of Petrópolis

The tragic landslides last week in the Brazilian city of Petrópolis were the result of increasing risk caused by poor slope management

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18 February 2022

Planet satellite image of the urban landslides in the Alto da Serra area of Petrópolis, Brazil

Planet has captured high resolution satellite images of the multiple urban landslides in the Alto da Serra area of Petrópolis, Brazil.

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17 February 2022

The very large urban landslide at Morro da Oficina in Petrópolis

A large urban landslide at Morro da Oficina, triggered by heavy rainfall in Petrópolis, Brazil, inundated at least 80 houses.

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16 February 2022

Petrópolis: heavy rainfall causes landslides and floods

Rainfall intensities of over 100 mm per hour have triggered extensive landslides in the city of Petrópolis in Brazil. Two dramatic videos have been posted online showing the landslides.

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