On 17 November 2020 a major landslide occurred on a high wall at the Gamsberg mine in South Africa, killing two workers.
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Although this is meant to be a blog on landslides, occasionally things appear in other areas of natural hazards that are so irritatingly ridiculous that I just can’t let them go. And so in the last few days a story has been doing the rounds about earthquake risk to the forthcoming football World Cup in South Africa. For example, The Daily Star newspaper in the UK (not necessarily worth reading …
The award for the strangest landslide story of the week goes to this one, from southern Africa. Late last week reports started to emerge of strange tidal patterns around the southern Cape of Africa (Fig. 1). Fig. 1: Google Earth image of the southern Cape of Africa, showing the location of St Helena Bay and Plattenburg Bay. In particular, on 21st August at about 8:45 am (local time) a series …
Catoca mine in Angola – using satellite imagery to understand recent events
The large landslide at Gamsberg mine: a high resolution Planet Labs SkySat satellite image of the aftermath of the failure
The Old Fort landslide in British Colombia has reactivated as a result of heavy rainfall. About 100 m of new movement has been recorded so far.