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8 January 2021

Brumadinho: signs of precursory deformation

A new paper (Grebby et al 2021) uses InSAR to detect precursory deformation of the Brumadinho tailings dam before the disastrous failure in 2019. The authors suggest that the failure might have been predictable with use of appropriate monitoring techniques.


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24 December 2020

The deadly landslide at the Carmen Copper Mine in the Philippines

There are two amazing videos of the deadly landslide at the Carmen Copper Mine in the Philippines, which killed 10 people on Monday


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2 December 2020

Gamsberg mine in South Africa: when is a landslide a geotechnical failure?

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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2 July 2020

Sate Mu village: another dreadful jade mining landslide in Myanmar

Another dreadful landslide has occurred in the Hpakant jade mining area of Kachin state in Myanmar. The landslide, at Sate Mu, killed at least 113 people.


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5 April 2020

The 1935 colliery landslide in Cwmaman, South Wales

In 1935 a large colliery landslide came very close to causing major damage to Cwmaman in South Wales. An archive Pathe News report provides detail.


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31 March 2020

The Luming Mine tailings accident in China

A significant tailings accident occurred on 28 March 2020, this time at the Luming Mine in Heilongjiang Province in NE China.


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4 February 2020

Mina Pecket: a dramatic landslide in an open cast coal mine in 2014

On 1 April 2014 a large landslide occurred at Mina Pecket, an open cast coal mine in the southern part of Chile. The mine was closed as a consequence.


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12 December 2019

The Kumtor gold mine landslide: high resolution Planet Labs images

Planet Labs have captured wonderful before and after SkySat images of the enormous Kumtor gold mine landslide in Kyrgyzstan last week


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3 December 2019

Planet Labs images of the huge new landslide at Kumtor Mine in Kyrgyzstan

Planet Labs have captured before and after images of the huge new landslide at Kumtor Mine in Kyrgyzstan, which give an indication as to what went wrong


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2 December 2019

Losses from mining-related landslides

Data suggests that the cost of mining-related landslides is increasing rapidly, with almost 3000 deaths in the period between 2014 and 2018.


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