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29 July 2009

Landslide-induced train accident in China

The landslide misery in China continues, despite the strange lack of typhoons to date this summer. The latest incident occurred in Liuzhou City of Guangxi Province when a train struck a landslide and derailed. According to Xinhua four people were killed and 50 others were injured, at least ten of whom were seriously hurt. Xinhua has published a photograph of the aftermath of the incident: Thus it appears that the …

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6 January 2009

The Tennessee flow slide accident – what went wrong?

The fallout from the recent flowslide accident at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Kingston power plant in the USA on 22nd December, which I highlighted here, continue. There is an increasing sense that this was an unacceptable failure (it is hard to argue with that) and that it was lucky that there was not a loss of life in the accident. This AP image is a good starting point as …

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