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21 June 2013

The Kedarnath debris flow disaster in Uttarakhand

It is becoming clear that a very large landslide disaster has occurred at Kedarnath in northern India, potentially with a very high level of loss

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11 June 2013

The Himalayan Landslide Society and the 11th International Symposium on Mitigation of Geo-Disasters in Asia

The newly formed Himalayan Landslide Society is organising a meeting on the mitigation of geo-disasters in Asia in October this year

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26 May 2013

Landslides and large dams – there may be trouble ahead…

Many large dams will be constructed in and around the Himalayas in the next few years. This post examines the associated landslide threat

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16 January 2013

New research: extreme precipitation and landslides in 2010

A review of a paper examining the linkages between high levels of landslides in 2010 and large scale rainfall patterns

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21 September 2010

Gifts and Perils of Landslides

Ken Hewitt has written a wonderful article for Scientific American entitled “Gifts and Perils of Landslides”, in which he examines the inter-relationship between the development of society and the occurrence of landslides in the Upper Indus valleys.  Ken is the guru of high mountain landslides in Pakistan, having spent many field seasons mapping rock avalanche deposits in the remote upper valleys of the Hindu Kush.  The article is available online …

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18 January 2010

Potential landslides in California and the ongoing crisis in Hunza, Pakistan

Amongst the (appropriate) focus upon Haiti at the moment, we must of course remember that landslides do not stop elsewhere. So, here are two important ongoing stories: 1. Potential landslides in California this week:The US National Weather Service has issued a series of warnings for very heavy rainfall in California this week, with the pontential for landslides, flash flood and debris flows. For example: …Flash flooding and debris flows possible …

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9 January 2010

Detailed information and amazing images of the catastrophic Attabad (Atabad or Atta Abad) landslide in Hunza, Pakistan

See update from 11th January 2010 here Pamir Times image of the landslide A few days I ago I posted on reports of the Attabad landslide (which is variously described as the Atabad landslide or the Atta Abad landslide) in Hunza, Pakistan. There has been very little information about this bar various reports that it was not as bad as had been feared. However, Reliefweb has today published a report …

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16 June 2008

Landslides in Darjeeling, India

In September 2007 intense monsoon rainfall in the Kalimpong region of Darjeeliing in Northern India triggered large numbers of landslides, killing at least seven people. This has brought to the fore the issue of environmental degradation and the consequent landslides in Himalayan environments. Darjeeling is a microcosm of problems arising throughout the Himalaya, with rapidly increasing numbers of landslides causing major problems. Darjeeling is probably most famous for its tea …

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