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9 January 2009

Landslide hazard and the Guatemala rockslide

As commenters on my earlier threads have pointed out (thanks to them), the location of the landslide in Guatemala can now be pinpointed using a map produced by CONRED. This map comes from a very useful report, with some good images of the rescue and recovery operation, available here. I have reproduced the map below (click on the map for a better view): Helpfully, this allows the location to be …

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8 January 2009

The Guatemala landslide – video of the failure in December

The Guatemalan landslide becomes more interesting by the day. It is now apparent that the first failure, which occurred on 14th December and killed five people (the remains of three of whom were not recovered) was also caught on video. This is available on Youtube. I have embedded it below, so should work: If not, then it can be viewed here.

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Guatemala landslide

As the Guatemala landslide now fades from media prominence, Reuters have released probably the best image to date of the landslide site: It is now clear that this was a a large rockslide (not a mudslide as reported elsewhere). AP have released a good image of the site: Whilst this Reuters image shows the runout of the landslide quite well: Finally, CONRED released this image of the site to show …

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7 January 2009

Another video of the Guatemala landslide

It now appears that there are two videos of the Guatemala landslide. The second one, which is not as clear as the original, has appeared on the Telediaro 3 web site. It can be viewed here: http://www.telediario.com.gt/index.php?id=15366&tim;=# Meanwhile, there remains considerable uncertainty as to the number of victims (we may never know for certain I suspect), whilst speculation is intensifying regarding the cause. Given the clear size of the landslide …

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6 January 2009

The Guatemala landslide was caught on video!

Unbelievably, it turns out that the Guatemalan landslide, which it appears killed at least 42 people, was caught on video. Geologist Marlon Contreras was recording at the edge of the site when the failure occurred. The video captures the movement, although mercifully little of the detail. The video can be viewed at this web page:http://www.prensalibre.com/pl/2009/enero/06/multimedia.html The failure that happens 1 minute and 50 seconds into the video defies belief! I …

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5 January 2009

Guatemala landslide

The first major landslide event of 2008 occurred on Sunday in Alta Verapaz in northern Guatemala. At the moment reports are somewhat fragmented, but the Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libre has published the following (not great quality) image. I have tried to enhance it as much as I can: Clearly this is a major failure – the news report suggests a mass of10,000 tonnes. To date that there are 29 known …

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