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17 July 2018

Nanyu Township: a very large landslide in Gansu Province on Thursday 12th July 2018

On 12th July 2018 a 5 million cubic metre landslide occurred at Nanyu township in Gansu Province, China, partially blocking the large Bailong River.

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22 July 2013

Landslides and liquefaction from the Cook Straits earthquake yesterday

The Cook Strait earthquake sequence of the last three days has generated a small number of landslides and liquefaction failures

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16 September 2010

Zhouqu landslide – NASA satellite image

NASA have somehow managed to find a gap in the clouds to collect a satellite image of the Zhouqu landslide site.  Readers at the time of the landslide last month will remember that I was wondering about the source of the slides.  Although this image does not give a full answer, it gets us a part of the way there: A zoom into the affected area yields this: The slides …

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11 August 2010

Update on the disasters in China and Pakistan: 11th August 2010

Apologies for the tardiness of this update – it has been a busy day!  First a heads-up, I will write a post to go on the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience blog on these disasters in the context of climate change in the next couple of days.  I will signpost the piece here when it is ready. 1. PakistanThe sheer magnitude of the disaster in Pakistan is difficult to …

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10 August 2010

Update: Dramatic increase in the loss of life in the Gansu landslide

Xinhua has this morning dramatically increased estimated loss of life in the landslide at Zhouqu in Gansu Province, China.  The latest toll is 702 known fatalities and a further 1,042 people missing.

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8 August 2010

First video of the Gansu landslides

The Chinese State TV company has a new report (in Mandarin) that provides aerial footage of the Gansu landslide site. It is clear from the video that there are in fact two slides. The video is available via the link below (I have removed the embedded video as it played automatically): Video available here. The larger of the two slides is shown in this screen capture from the video: Strangely …

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Update: the Gansu landslide

Xinhua now reports that the death toll from the Gansu landslide is 127 people, with a further 1,294 people reported to be missing.  So far just 28 people have been rescued alive. The BBC has published an image of the lower part of the slide: Note the water flooding the lower storey of the buildings in the background.

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First image from the Gansu landslide

Xinhua has now published an image, apparently taken using a mobile phone, of the landslide in Chengguan town: It is now clear that the landslide affected Zhouqu town, which is shown on the Google Earth image below: Unfortunately, high resolution images are not available on Google Earth for this area.  These two Panoramio photos give a good idea of what the town and adjacent mountains are like: Source Source

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17 May 2009

Landslide causes apartment block collapse in China

Xinhua is reporting that a landslide triggered the partial collapse of an apartment block housing 32 families in Lanzhou, Gansu Province, on Saturday evening. They have published a couple of pictures of the aftermath, of which this is one: To date two bodies have been recovered and one injured person has been rescued. Judging by the above picture, and given the time of day in which the slide occurred, this …

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