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26 May 2020

Punatsangchhu I: identifying ancient landslides in high mountain areas

A new paper published in Scientific Reports (Dini et al. 2020), and thus open access, uses InSAR to show movements of a large slope adjacent to the under construction Punatsangchhu I dam in Bhutan

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30 November 2016

Earthquake induced landslides in the Himalayan mountains – new evidence for earthquake potential in Bhutan

A recently-published paper suggests that the Himalayan country of Bhutan suffered a major (approx M=8.0) earthquake in 1714, emphasing the potential for a future event that would probably lead to extensive landsliding.

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14 August 2015

Mangdechu in Bhutan – another significant landslide at a hydroelectric power plant site

Today the Mangdechu Hydroelectric power in Bhutan was hit by a major landslide, killing 5 workers. This is the latest in a string of fatal landslides at HEP sites in Asia.

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11 June 2013

The Himalayan Landslide Society and the 11th International Symposium on Mitigation of Geo-Disasters in Asia

The newly formed Himalayan Landslide Society is organising a meeting on the mitigation of geo-disasters in Asia in October this year

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27 July 2012

Landslides from the South Asian monsoon in 2012 to date

A review of the 2012 monsoon season to date for South Asia. Monsoon rainfall is very weak, leading to an unusually low number of landslides so far.

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20 September 2011

Update on the earthquake in the Himalayas, plus typhoon Roke, an earthquake in Guatemala and landslides in China and Italy

Latest information on the earthquake in the Himalayas, plus an earthquake in Guatemala and landslides in China and Italy

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19 September 2011

Update on the earthquake in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet

An update on reported losses from the earthquake in the Himalayas yesterday. Landslides are clearly a major problem, and further heavy rainfall is forecast.

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18 September 2011

First news – the earthquake in India, Nepal and Bhutan this afternoon

At 12:40 UT (18:40 local time) today an earthquake struck Sikkim in northern India, producing significant shaking in Nepal, India and, probably Bhutan.  According to the USGS information page for the event, this is a magnitude 6.9 event at a depth of about 20 km, though note that this will probably change slightly as better data become available.  The epicentre is located as shown on the map below: Although this …

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