2 December 2013

Nine people die in a landslide in North Sumatra, Indonesia

Posted by Dave Petley

Late November / early December is the start of the rainy season in parts of Indonesia, which is usually accompanied by an increase in landslides.  Thus it is no surprise that various news agencies have reported that nine people were killed on Saturday in a landslide at Berastagi in North Sumatra, Indonesia.  The Singapore Sunday Times has this image of the landslide:

Brastagi landslide

Image: AP and Singapore Sunday Times: http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/se-asia/story/nine-killed-indonesian-flooding-landslide-official-20131201


This appears to have started as a small translational slip that entrained debris en route to the bottom of the slope.  The debris train suggests that there may have been at least one house directly in the path of the slide.