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15 November 2022
The Planet Labs SkySat image shows the impact of the Williamson Diamond Mine tailings breach on downstream communities
10 November 2022
Planet Labs has now captured and released high resolution imagery of the Williamson Mine tailings dam breach in Tanzania
9 November 2022
Planet Labs has captured a PlanetScope image of the Williamson Diamond Mine tailings dam failure that shows both the breach and the plume.
8 November 2022
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.
26 September 2022
Satellite image company Planet Labs has released high resolution imagery of the Jagersfontein tailings dam failure
15 September 2022
CGG Minerals and Mining has posted provisional but fascinating InSAR data for the site of the Jagersfontein Tailings Storage Facility failure
14 September 2022
The Jagersfontein tailings dam accident: the plume of pollution has extended to the reservoir of the Kalkfontein Dam.
13 September 2022
Aerial and satellite imagery of the Jagersfontein tailings dam disaster highlights a complex failure event and high mobility of the slimes.
12 September 2022
On 11 September 2022 a major tailings dam failure occurred at Jagersfontein in South Africa. The local plume of pollution extends >8 km.
28 June 2022
Always fly with the window blinds up: images of the large 25 May 2014 West Salt Creek landslide in Colorado, USA
6 April 2022
On 27 March 2022 a tailings dam failed at Wenquan Township, Shanxi Province, China. Satellite images from Planet reveal the scale of the event
24 January 2022
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 …
13 January 2022
The 8 January 2022 Pau Branco landslide in mine waste – CCTV footage has now emerged showing the overtopping of the dam
6 September 2021
Catoca mine in Angola – using satellite imagery to understand recent events
12 March 2021
In a new open access paper published in Scientific Reports, Franks et al. (2021) show that 10% of tailings facilities have a history of instability. This rises to 18.3% for active upstream facilities.
8 January 2021
A new paper (Grebby et al 2021) uses InSAR to detect precursory deformation of the Brumadinho tailings dam before the disastrous failure in 2019. The authors suggest that the failure might have been predictable with use of appropriate monitoring techniques.
2 April 2020
Planet Labs have captured a high resolution SkySat image of the site of the Luming Mine accident in China, in which polluted water and sediment have been released
1 April 2020
More information on the Luming Mine tailings leak in China, including images of the disastrous downstream impacts
More information on the Luming Mine tailings leak in China on 28 March 2020, including images of the disastrous downstream impacts
31 March 2020
A significant tailings accident occurred on 28 March 2020, this time at the Luming Mine in Heilongjiang Province in NE China.
10 February 2020
The exceptional mobility of tailings dam failures I’m continuing to write my paper for the keynote at the 13th International Symposium on Landslides in Colombia this year (the paper is due this month, so the pressure is on). As I noted in a post last week, I’ve been looking at the impact of landslides in less developed countries; one key component of this is the impact of failures associated with …