6 July 2023
Naucalpan: a large garbage dump landslide in Mexico
On 4 July 2023 a large garbage dump landslide occurred in Naucalpan in Mexico, burying four people. Three of them were rescued, but at the time of writing one remains missing.
News reports indicate that about 7,000 cubic metres of waste failed in the landslide, which was reportedly caught on a CCTV video that has been posted to Twitter:-
— SéUno Noticias (@seunonoticias) July 5, 2023
That this video is the event at Naucalpan is currently unverified, but it appears to match to the images posted online.
There are some images of the aftermath online, the best of which has been posted to https://lopezdoriga.com/:-
This is a screenshot from a video of the aftermath that was posted to Twitter:-
Reportan un incidente en la zona ejidal de Puente de Piedra, en la comunidad de Santiago Tepatlaxco, Naucalpan.
Se registró una explosión y un deslizamiento en un tiraderopic.twitter.com/fCWkiPKqPm
— Joaquín López-Dóriga (@lopezdoriga) July 4, 2023
The cause of the garbage landslide at Naucalpan is unclear, but reports have indicated that the site was poorly regulated at best.
Over the years I have highlighted a number of garbage landslides. They are particularly awful events for both the victims and the rescuers, and they cause enormous amounts of environmental damage.