9 March 2012
Friday fun: fantastic new landslide video from New Zealand
Posted by Dave Petley
Hat tip to Tim Niven for this one. Last week a landslide occurred on the main road north out of Gisborne in North Island of New Zealand, which blocked the Waioeka Gorge. Remarkably, the landslide was captured with a high quality video. This can be viewed at the following link:
Even though this is Facebook, do take a look. It is really very fortunate that no-one was caught up in the landslide.
NZ Herald has a very good album of images of the landslide, from which the image above is derived.
Thanks for the link, this is probably the video that a boss at work mentioned – people were drafting a related letter on Friday.
Small point, it’s the main road NORTH out the Gisborne, Road links to the south are fine. Well, as fine as they are when the Manawatu Gorge road is blocked!
I am currently in Greece (Western Peloponnesus) and the entire landscape (Neogene sandstones, flyschs etc.) is moving after heavy rains during the last weeks. I’ve some images here: http://www.paleoseismicity.org/blog/2012/03/12/excursion-and-field-work-in-greece-landslides-rock-falls-fault-scarps/
A unrelated (but in the same general area) series of rain-triggered slips has washed out the rail line into Gisborne from the south. Photos at http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/6645729/Napier-Gisborne-rail-line-washed-away