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14 October 2009

Teachers First presentation on the hazards associated with the Wenchuan (Sichuan) earthquake

This is a 45 minute presentation that I gave today at a seminar for sixth form (High School) teachers on the impact of the Wenchuan (Sichuan) Earthquake in May 2008. You should be able to view or download the presentation below. Please feel free to use it as appropriate for educational purposes, but please acknowledge me. Teachers First Talk 14th October 2009 http://www.authorstream.com/player/player.swf?p=254450_633911254812360000 See more presentations by Dr_Dave | Upload …

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7 October 2009

More images of the earthquake-triggered landslides in Sumatra

I thought it would be useful to provide a compilation of images of the landslides triggered by the Sumatra earthquake. ReliefWeb is reporting that over 1000 landslides were triggered: “Landslides have hindered relief efforts in some areas. The West Sumatra Satkorlak reported at least 1,000 landslide spots in Gunung Tigo highlands, located between Padang Pariaman and Agam districts. Six helicopters carrying food and medical supplies were dispatched to the highlands …

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4 October 2009

Landslide round-up: Philippines, India and Italy

1. PhilippinesTyphoon Parma (known as Pepeng in the Philippines) has churned its way across the northern part of Luzon in the Philippines. Fortunately, its track took it north of the most vulnerable area, which is the first bit of good news for a while: However, early reports are that the storm has triggered some landslides: “Rains in Benguet province set off landslides in which at least 12 people were killed, …

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Emerging news of landslides triggered by the Sumatra earthquake

It is interesting to note that in all three of the large earthquakes upon which I have worked (1999 Taiwan, 2005 Pakistan, 2008 China), the media has tended to initially focus their coverage upon urban areas, whilst the real story has actually been in the rural hinterland. The reasons for this are complex of course, and include the power of the imagery of people buried / being rescued from buildings. …

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27 September 2009

Photos and text from a visit to the Shiaolin landslide in Taiwan

The aim of this post is to present an initial interpretation of the Shiaolin landslide, based upon a couple of days of fieldwork by Chris Massey and myself over the past two days. The interpretation here, which I have written (so don’t blame Chris!) should be considered to be provisional at best. At the end of the post there are some thoughts about future work. We have no intention at …

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22 September 2009

After Morakot

A new blog, called After Morakot, has been started to highlight the impact of Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan. The most recent post describes a journey by the author into the village of Namsia, which was one of the most seriously affected villages in the typhoon. The images and the commentary are remarkable. I reproduce here two of the images, of the village of Mintsu – there are many more on …

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14 September 2009

A small collection of interesting landslide images

A quick post today – I thought I’d post a small selection of impressive landslide images that I have come across recently: Ongoing rockslide in India, from here. Landslides resulting from deforestation in Taraza, Antioquia, Colombia, from here. A long runout landslide from Sichuan in China, from here. After effects of a landslide on the island of Ibiza in Spain, from here.

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9 September 2009

Video of the Rest and Be Thankful landslide site in Scotland

The BBC has a short video on its website of the Rest and Be Thankful landslide site in Scotland. It can be found here.

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18 August 2009

Typhoon Morakot mudslides: Before and after photos of Shiaolin (Hsiao-lin) village in Taiwan

Thanks to Tsou Ching-ying from Kyoto University for providing this pair of images, showing the impact of the mudslides on Shiaolin village in Taiwan as a result of Typhoon Morakot. Before (from an online album here): After (from an online album here):

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30 March 2009

Images from the Sichuan earthquake part 5 – Xingyiu

This is the fifth and last part of my photographic description of damage caused by the Sichuan earthquake. The other parts are as follows: Part 1: Beichuan townPart 2: The Tangjiashan landslidePart 3: Hanwang townPart 4: The Mianyuanhe areaPart 5 (this part): The Xingyiu area This final section shows images from a visit to the Xingyiu area, which is quite close to the main epicentral region. In this area the …

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