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16 July 2021
Inden: a river rediscovering a previous course and flooding an open cast coal mine The floods in Germany, Belgium and Netherlands this week have been truly catastrophic. The same storm system also caused flash flooding in London. It is likely that the this event will have triggered landslides, but we will need to wait to get more information when the priority is rescue and recovery. There are suggestions that an …
15 March 2021
Knappensee: a large landslide at an old open cast mining site in eastern Germany on 11 March 2020, which was captured on video, generated a 1.5 m high tsunami that damaged property on the far side of the lake
22 September 2011
Catching up part 2: landslides in NY State and Germany; the trial of the Italian Seismologists; and a video of a landslide on the Mohawk River
Updates on landslide events over the last few weeks – including a new video, a trai accident in Germany, landslides from Hurricane Irene, and the trial of the Italian seismologists.
1 November 2010
A sinkhole in Germany, a landslide in Italy and the forecast path of Hurricane Tomas (which has already caused landslides in St Lucia)
Today has been a busy day in the natural hazards world. Last night in unrealted incidents a sinkhole opened without warning in central Germany and a landslide killed a small child and his mother in Italy. Meanwhile, Hurricane Tomas has caused widespread destruction in St Lucia and is still forecast to pass directly over the earthquake-affected areas of Haiti.
16 October 2010
In weeks in which I have been too busy to post a great deal of material, I often provide a summary of interesting landslide events around the world. This is the summary for the last week:1. A very strange landslide in Germany Thanks once again to Peter Diehl, the prize for bizarre landslide event of the week goes to a very strange event at a former lignite mine near Hoyerswerda, …
26 January 2010
Last night a fatal rockfall occurred at Stein an der Traun in Southern Bavaria. According to this report, which is also the source of the remarkable image above, the block was the “size of a house” (probably something of an over-estimate), falling from the 15 m slope behind the building. There were four people in the house at the time, of which two were killed and two were injured. There …
11 August 2009
A strange update has appeared in the “The Local” regarding the Nachterstedt landslide. This reports that “Scientists at the Collm Observatory at Leipzig University registered an underground movement in the area measuring 1.0 on the Richter Scale, just six minutes before the first call to the emergency services on July 18. An earthquake can be ruled out, the scientists told Der Spiegel magazine, but they suggested it would be feasible …
20 July 2009
This is an update with the latest news about the Nachterstedt landslide. The original post is here. Further information has now emerged about the slide. This is summarised below. 1. The slide occurred in spoil from the mining operations. In a comment in the original post, Florian Jenn (see his blog here) noted that the slide occurred in spoil dumped from earlier mining operations. This is consistent with the pictures, …
19 July 2009
NB: I have posted an update on this landslide here. A somewhat intriguing landslide occurred on Saturday at Nachterstedt in Germany (the location is 51.808 N, 11.343 E for those who are interested). The site is the edge of Lake Concordia, a flooded open cast coal mine: The mine apparently closed in 1991 whereupon it was converted into a recreation area. The lake was apparently created in 1994. Reports suggest …