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21 March 2017

Longdendale: dam building in an area of ancient landslides

The Longdendale dams in the Pennines of northern England were constructed in Victorian times in an area of large, ancient landslides. Unsurprisingly, considerable problems were encountered during construction.


21 December 2016

The Folkestone Warren landslide toe weight structure

The massive toe weight structure protecting the railway line on the Folkestone Warren rotational landslide in Kent in southern England


8 November 2016

Recent increases in the retreat rate of chalk cliffs in southern England

A new study published in PNAS has examined the long term retreat rate of chalk coastal cliffs in S. England, finding that the erosion rate has increased by an order of magnitude in modern times


26 October 2016

Leaving the University of East Anglia

Today is my last day at the University of East Anglia before I take up my new role at the University of Sheffield next week


20 October 2016

The Aberfan tragedy – what happened next?

Events after the Aberfan tragedy are remarkable. The Tribunal robustly criticised the National Coal Board for their behaviour during the proceedings, but they still extracted £150,000 from the disaster fund to clean up their own mess


19 October 2016

Aberfan: The National Coal Board failures part 2

The official Tribunal for the Aberfan disaster strongly criticised the National Board for their failure to manage water in the spoil tip that failed


18 October 2016

Aberfan: the National Coal Board failures part 1

The tribunal into the Aberfan disaster robustly criticised the National Coal Board for their failure to learn from a number of previous significant landslides in spoil heaps, including some at Aberfan itself


7 October 2016

Landslides in Art Part 28: Cantata Memoria – in memory of the Aberfan Disaster

Cantata Memoria is a musical composition by Karl Jenkins, released today, in memory of the October 1966 Aberfan landslide disaster in South Wales,


13 August 2016

Freshwater: a nice landslide video from the Isle of Wight

Freshwater, Isle of Wight Isle of Wight Radio has a nice video, taken by a walker on the beach at Freshwater, of a cliff collapse event.  The video was uploaded onto Facebook by Phil Baldwin, who was collecting fossils on the cliff face.  ITV News has a nice report that provides more detail about what happened. Phil Baldwin has also uploaded some images of the aftermath of the landslide onto …


15 March 2016

Bonne Nuit, Jersey: a strange place to build a new Care Home?

A significant coastal cliff collapse event in Bonne Nuit in Jersey this weekend, triggered by storms, has threatened a new care home.


9 January 2016

The Farnley Haugh landslide in Northumberland, northern England

Farnley Haugh landslide in Northumberland, northern England has caused an indefinite closure of the railway line between Carlisle and Newcastle.


6 January 2016

Landslides in Art Part 24 – Mary Buckland

In the latest installment in the Landslides in Art Series, I examine the engravings of the Bindon landslide by Mary Buckland


5 January 2016

Abergeldie Castle: extreme riverbank erosion threatens a 16th Century castle in Scotland

In Scotland, extreme rainfall has induced riverbank erosion that has left the 16th Abergeldie Castle at risk of imminent collapse.


10 December 2015

Landslides triggered by Storm Desmond in the UK last weekend

Storm Desmond brought record-breaking rainfall to Cumbria and Scotland this weekend, causing extensive landsliding across a large area.