2 September 2009
The largest landslide triggered by typhoon Morakot occurred at Shiaolin in Kiaosiung County. It is estimated that 450 people died in this landslide. Until now I have been struggling to find a decent image of the slide itself, apart from the poor quality aerial photography and drone video that I have highlighted previously. However, I have today come across the following three images on the Taiwan News website:
The failure is a little difficult to interpret. It is possible that it is a very large-scale translational slide, with a large about of erosion into the scarp to form the channel structure. Alternatively, there could be an element of a wedge failure here, but if so it is surprisingly deep. The slide looks to have been very high energy, and thus very destructive, in the lower part of the track.