12 November 2019
The 2019 Cotabato earthquakes: the Barangay Bato landslide cluster
Yesterday I highlighted a significant landslide cluster triggered by the 2019 Cotabato earthquakes, at Barangay Buhay. I indicated that there is another cluster on the imagery, located at Barangay Bato (6.84, 125.16).
This is a Planet Labs satellite image, collected on 8 November 2019, providing an overview of this significant landslide cluster:-
There are several hundred landslides in this cluster, located over an approximately 5 x 5 km area. Most of the landslides appear to be shallow disrputed slides on steeper terrain. There are two larger landslides in the cluster. On the west side there is a large rockslide close to Barangay Bato itself:-
This landslide was extensively photographed in the aftermath of the earthquake:-
In the northeast of this cluster, there is another largish (approximately 300 m long) landslide, although it is difficult at present to fully understand this slide:-
The other landslides are much smaller, but there are large numbers throughout this cluster. The next step is of course to relate these two clusters to the actual locations of the earthquakes that occurred in the sequence. It will be interesting to see which earthquakes triggered landslides, and which did not.
Planet Team (2019). Planet Application Program Interface: In Space for Life on Earth. San Francisco, CA. https://www.planet.com/