18 February 2012
New landslide video: open cast coal mine failure in Indonesia
Posted by Dave Petley
Liveleak has just posted this video of a very large open cast coal mine failure in Indonesia. According to the commentary that accompanies the video, it occurred on 4th January 2012 and resulted in one fatality:
Whilst the camerawork is shaky (understandable given that the landslide came over the wall of the pit), the first part of the video shows a very large and very mobile slide. It is worth viewing the first part twice as the second time it is possible to get a better idea of what is going on.
“Coal Mine Worker Killed buried in Inhu”
05.01.2012 | Reporter: Yuswanto | Posted in Hot News , Inhu , Environment
Inhu (riaupeople) – coal mining activities in the District Inhu Province Riau toll. Marzuki (31) Block E residents Belilas Village District Siberida killed by landslides when the dredge coal mine owned by PT Riau Bara Harum (RBH) in the Village District Siambul Siberida. “The incident on Wednesday (4/1) yesterday at around 17:40 pm. Friend of the victim survived after jumping from machine to discover cliff erosion. While the victim is not biased to escape, “said Head Trunk Gansal, Arkadius to riaupeople.com via mobile phones, on Thursday (01.05.12).
The information gathered, the victim is an employee PT.Kasuari which is a sub contractor PT.Riau Bara Harum (PT.RBH). Landslide allegedly caused by the high rainfall flushed the mine until yesterday afternoon.
When do the dredging, all of a sudden the ground next to the (cliff, red) collapsed and immediately hit the victim to death on the spot. While his friend survived because melompoat direct current machine swerved to the left. “I forgot his name Survivors. Until now, victims still being treated at home sick in Simpang PT.KAT. Heavy equipment to dig it belongs to PT Cassowary, “explains Arkadius.
Head of Mining and Energy Inhu, Khairizal escavator describes two units at the scene to conduct coal extraction. When the two officers operator activity, a sudden landslide. One victim died and the other still survived.
According Khairizal, a team of PT RBH has come down to the ground and it was still awaiting the results of the investigation team today. “Until now, the team still was on the scene and report the results of the team has not been entered. About the victim who was buried by dead or not we can not comment. Because it is still not found the bodies of victims. Only if the logic is possible that buried the victims could have survived it, “said Khairizal.
While Police Chief Inhu, AKBP Hermansyah admitted if members are conducting a crime scene (the scene) while asking the witnesses. If a pure accident, it will submit fully to the PT RBH. “When the crime scene there is a criminal element, then we will process according to the law. Wait for further information and if there is additional data will tell us more, “said Police Chief. (*)
Here is the link to the coal mine company website,:
Regional Investment Agency and District Integrated Services Licensing Indragiri Hulu
“Local legislators review the location of mine Inhu PT RBH”
Here are various local news articles from Google Translate Indonesian to English: