2 March 2021
Ebian Yi Autonomous County: a dramatic rockslide caught on video in China
On 27 February 2021 a dramatic rockslide occurred in Ebian Yi Autonomous County in Sichuan Province, killing one person and injuring a further three. Unfortunately I cannot find a video of this event that I can embed, but both Newsflare have a version on its website.
The best commentary that I have found on this event comes from Teller Report, which has a translated version of a CCTV report:-
A huge boulder fell and destroyed many houses in Ebian, Sichuan. According to a report from the Propaganda Department of the Ebian Yi Autonomous County Party Committee of Leshan City: At about 16:50 on February 27, a rock-injury incident occurred in a group of Xinsheng Village, Shaping Town, Ebian County. The incident caused serious damage to 3 houses. One person was injured and one person was buried.
After the incident, the county party committee and the county government immediately launched an emergency response, mobilizing emergency, fire, medical rescue, and township emergency militia to search and rescue the buried people to eliminate possible surrounding risks.
At present, the injured have been treated in the hospital and their lives are not in danger for the time being. The surrounding people have been evacuated and resettled, and the social order is stable.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.
The videos appear to show a large amount of dust being generated high on the slope, and then a trail of dust down the hillside to the houses. It seems that a larger event was occurring at the top of the slope that released the boulders – a simple rockfall? quarrying? construction?
The Newsflare video shows the event from another angle:-
On first inspection, the location appears to be approximately where I have placed the marker on the map below. The image provides the latitude and longitude: