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28 May 2020

The July 2018 Xe Nammoy hydropower complex dam failure: a new paper

A recent paper (Latrubesse et al. 2020) suggests that the catastrophic July 2018 Xe Nammoy hydropower complex dam failure in Laos might have been caused by piping and slope failure of the dam, a mechanism that is similar to the #Edenville dam failure.

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27 May 2020

The aftermath of the Sanford dam failure in Michigan

Planet Labs have now captured high resolution imagery of the aftermath of the failure of Sandford dam in Michigan last week

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21 May 2020

Edenville Dam failure: the astonishing video of the collapse sequence

Edenville Dam failure: an astonishing video of the full collapse sequence is on Youtube. It appears to show a geotechnical failure rather than overtopping

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20 May 2020

Edenville dam: a major dam collapse in Michigan

In Midland County, Michigan collapse is underway of Edenville dam, driven by heavy rainfall. Reports suggest that a second dam may also be failing.

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4 May 2020

Sardoba Reservoir: a major dam collapse in Uzbekistan on 1 May 2020, plus the EGU2020 Day 1 programme and a car crash interview about diversity in the geosciences

On Friday 1 May 2020 a major collapse occurred in the earth-filled dam of Sardoba Reservoir in Uzbekistan, causing extensive flooding.

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23 April 2020

A major fly ash failure and release at Singrauli in India – Planet Labs images

Planet Labs images showing the major fly ash failure and release at Singrauli in India on 10 April 2020, which killed six people

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29 March 2016

Sparmos Dam – a significant dam failure in Greece on Sunday 27th March

On Sunday 28th March 2016 the Sparmos Dam in Greece underwent an overtopping and breach event, damaging local fields and roads

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11 October 2010

Images of the top surface of the Ajkai Timfoldgyar / Kolontar tailings dam

The index.hu website has a set of images taken of the top of the dam at Ajkai Timfoldgyar / Kolontar.  These are helpful in confirming observations from the aerial imagery featured yesterday that a section of the tailings dam has moved.  This images shows the pipe running across the top surface of the dam: As expected, the image shows that the main block shown has moved to the right and …

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15 June 2010

The strange similarity between the Attabad and the landslide in Oliver

Yesterday I posted in both the ongoing situation at Attabad (and I am glad to say that it now seems likely that the reported landslide at Shimshal was a false alarm) and the mud and debris flow at Oliver in Canada.  It is now reported that the Oliver slide was caused by the failure of an embankment retaining a small irrigation lake.  If that is the case then I assume …

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