16 December 2011

A spate of landslides in Nelson, New Zealand

Posted by Dave Petley

Apologies for the lack of posts this week – the first week back after a trip away is always busy, and this one seems to have been particularly manic.  So this is a quick post about an event this week in New Zealand.  Here, heavy rainfall during the week in the Nelson area of South Island triggered several landslides (thanks to Garth Williamson and Nick Dunlop, who tipped me off about this – much appreciated).  There is an interesting set of images here and a more detailed news report of the aftermath here.  The image below shows one of the many landslides:




This report suggests that this was the heaviest rainfall in this area for 40 years, and that 185 landslides occurred in the Nelson area alone.