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28 September 2012

An update on the catastrophic foundation erosion at Newburn, NE England

An update on the catastrophic erosion that undermined an apartment block in Newburn, near Newcastle, earlier this week

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27 September 2012

Exceptional erosion undercuts an apartment block in the UK

In Newburn, near Newcastle in NE England, exceptional rainfall has caused the erosion of the foundations of an apartment block.

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18 May 2009

Culvert failure video

Whilst this is not strictly a landslide, the video below of the failure of a culvert makes very interesting viewing. The ability of the channelled water to erode rapidly is a lesson that is often forgotten. The video was captured by MWTW.com photojournalist Kevyn Fowler in Freeport, Maine during a storm.

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9 February 2009

Australian wildfires and risks of increased erosion rates

(Updated 10th Feb to include latest casualty numbers) The extraordinary wildfires in Australia are dominating the headlines in the UK, half a world away. Wildfires are quite common events, but the number of fatalities that this particular episode has caused is really quite unusual. Below in Figure 1 I have plotted the recorded worldwide recorded number of deaths from wildfires for the period since 1980, using data from the CRED …

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2 January 2009

Evaluating coastal erosion using art

The BBC is carrying a quite interesting story at the moment about the use of artwork from the nineteenth century to evaluate rates of coastal erosion. The story originates from Robin McInnes, who is an established figure in coastal management. Robin was the Coastal Manager for the Isle of Wight, in southern England for many years, during which he led the way in terms of developing an understanding and management …

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19 October 2008

A strange report from Nigeria…

The Nigerian newspaper “The Punch” has been carrying a quite strange and intriguing story over the last few days regarding an apparently huge landslide in the Awgu area (i.e. at about 6.0046N, 7.4024E). The key points of the story (from the Punch) are: “Residents of Ugwueme, Umuhu, Ugulesi Awgu and Ezinese Mgbidi communities in Awgu Local Government Area, Enugu State could not believe their eyes when they visited their farmland …

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