8 June 2022
San Carlos de Bariloche: a deadly slope failure in Argentina
On Monday 6 June 2022 a slope failure struck a hotel located close to the town of San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina, killing at least one person. According to reports, the slope impacted on the rear of Hotel Villa Huinid, killing a 78-year-old tourist, injuring three other people and leaving two missing. The person who lost his life, and the two that are missing, were reportedly in rooms at the rear of the hotel. There is good drone footage of the site, and some images of the aftermath, on Youtube.
The best image that I have found of the site has been posted by Rio Negro:-
The same source has also posted a view of the landslide crown:-
In the second image note the wall of gabian baskets on the left side, and also on the right side of the landslide crown. On first inspection the material looks like fill, although this needs confirmation. The site is located at -41.133, -71.341, for which there is a really good archive of images on Google Earth. The image below, from 2019, appears to show significant works being undertaken on the slope:-
My initial and of course speculative interpretation is that a new platform was constructed to allow a new building to be built. It appears to be the edge of this platform that has failed. It is intriguing to note that it appears that there might have been some construction occurring at the time of the landslide.