On 6 February 2020 at about 4 pm local time a significant garbage dump landslide occurred in the Ermua landfill at Zaldibar in the Basque region of Spain, leaving two people missing.
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Another massive mining-induced landslide occurred on 23rd January, this time at the Cobre Las Cruces mine in Spain . The volume is c.15 million cubic metres.
More information is now available about the Castell de Mur landslide in Spain on 16th April, including drone images, before and after photographs and the seismic traces
On Monday a 20,000 cubic metre rockslide at Castell de Mur in Catalonia, Spain killed two people. The rockslide occurred at the site of a village destroyed by landslides 70 years ago
A large cut slope failure was captured on video on the Eskoriatza – Vitoria motorway last week in Spain.
An important new paper by Royan et al (2015) has used terrestrial LiDAR to examine progressive failure of a rockslope in Spain.
Reports suggest that a landslide is moving on the slope abutting the Yesa Dam in Spain. 60 houses located on the slope have been evacuated
The Ajkai Timfoldgyar tailings dam disaster: Lessons from the Los Frailes tailings dam failure in Spain
The clean up at the Ajkai Timfoldgyar tailings debris flow accident site continues today, with continued concern about the potential for pollution of the downstream rivers from the environmentally-damaging debris. I do not wish to speculate on the cause of this accident, but will note that foundation failure is a well-established failure mode for tailings dams – see for example the excellent wise-uranium.org site, which has a section on typical …
In August this year a rockfall on a beach in Portugal killed five people and injured four others. Unfortunately the newspapers in the UK are this evening reporting that a similar rockfall occurred today on a beach at Playa de los Gigantes in western Tenerife in Spain, killing a British woman and a local woman. The Telegraph has a report and picture (below) of the incident: Coastal cliffs unfortunately are …
A remarkable video from the Cumbre Vieja eruption on La Palma shows the high level of mobility of an almost spherical boulder moving on a slope with few obstructions. Indiana Jones could face a greater hazard is Raiders of the Lost Ark is ever remade.