26 August 2015
Artvin, Turkey landslides
Heavy rainfall in Artvin, Turkey has led to extensive flooding and landslides in the last few days. Today’s Zaman reports that eight people were killed and a further two are missing. Landslides originating on the steep hills around the town seem to have been responsible for much of the loss. There is a nice gallery of images on the Haber 3 website, from which the above image is taken.
There is a very interesting video on Youtube of the event:-
Not much information is provided, and this is definitely a video that is worth viewing to the end as not much seems to be happening early on!. I would note that this a landslide that in many ways is similar to the famous Lantau debris flows in Hong Kong, apparently starting as a smaller slip in weathered soil, and then transitioning into a highly mobile, highly destructive debris flow:
Given the number of people that were in the vicinity of the foot of the landslide, it is fortunate that the above landslide in particular landslide in Artvin was not a mass fatality disaster.
This video, also taken in the same rainfall event, is less dramatic but also quite interesting. Again, watch to the end – those are very large boulders.