1 July 2020
Dawn of Hope: a major peat landslide in County Leitrim, Republic of Ireland
Exceptional rainfall on Sunday 28 June 2020 triggered a major landslide at Dawn of Hope in Count Leitrim in the Republic of Ireland. This is an unusual landslide – the failure of a peat bog. Peat bog landslides are remarkable for their mobility and for the damage that they can cause.
The Irish Farmers Journal has a report about this event, which has seen the failure of a large area of peat bog and deposition on a large area too. The location is 54.201, -8.086 if you wish to take a look.
The best understanding of this remarkable failure can be gained from a series of three drone videos posted to Youtube by Garadice 2000. The best overview can be gained from the second in the series, which at the end appears to provide a view of the source area of the landslide:-
Meanwhile the video in the following tweet provides a really good impression of the long track of the landslide:-
Drone footage shows the cumulative effects of wide scale plantation @coilltenews forestry at the Dawn of Hope Bridge bog slide in Drumkeeran No EIA on any plantation in #Leitrim to date & almost 20% of the total county planted. It is having a MASSIVE environmental impact pic.twitter.com/9aC0yIsILJ
— Edwina Guckian (@EdwinaGuckian) June 30, 2020
The landslide has caused extensive damage downstream. This image, from the Irish Farmers Journal, shows the inundated area:-
Quickslide 1: The Old Fort landslide has slowed
The Old Fort landslide in Canada has slowed considerably, with a reported movement rate of about 10 cm per hour. Unfortunately, heavy rainfall is forecast for the next few days.