10 October 2015
Excavator earth slide
The circumstances of this excavator earth slide are not clear:
It’s a nice illustration both of the effects of removal of toe support and of the development of failure though. Note how the removal of the toe of just a part of the slope has triggered much more widespread failure. It is also a really nice illustration of the development of a retrogressive failure.
The driver of the excavator was pretty cool in the face of the developing landslide.