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6 July 2021

The source zone of the Atami landslide

News reports and archive Google Earth imagery indicate that the Atami landslide might have occurred on manmade slope

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5 July 2021

The Atami mudslides in Japan

The Atami mudslides in Japan Over the weekend there was considerable attention paid to the remarkable videos of the mudflows in Atami, Japan.  This one in particular gained traction:- . But there are several others, which are helpfully combined into a compilation here: . I particularly draw your attention to the excerpt that begins at 8 minutes 16 seconds into the second video (the same sequence appears in the first …

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7 May 2021

Mount Kekachi: an interesting rock slope failure and rock avalanche in Japan

Mount Kekachi: an interesting rock slope failure and rock avalanche in Japan on 6 May 2021. The runout distance was about 2 km

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29 September 2020

Landslide light – an experimental study

A new open access article in the journal Earth, Plants and Space (Enomoto et al. 2020) experimentally examines the strange and controversial phenomenon of landslide light.

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6 July 2020

Ashikita: a large landslide in the Kumamoto region of Japan

A large landslide on a steep, forested slope was triggered by exceptional rainfall this weekend at Ashikita in the Kumamoto area of Japan

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29 March 2020

Kanagawa prefecture: the tragic landslide experiment in 1971 that resulted in 15 deaths

In 1971, a landslide experiment in Kanagawa Prefecture by the the Science and Technology Agency of Japan went disastrously wrong, killing 15 people at the toe of the slope.

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29 January 2020

The role of weak pumice layers in landslides triggered by the M=6.7 6 September 2018 Hokkaido Iburi-Tobu Earthquake

A new study (Li et al. 2020) has found that a specific weak pumice layer controlled landslides triggered by the M=6.7 September 2018 Hokkaido Iburi-Tobu earthquake

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18 October 2019

The landslide impact of Typhoon Hagibis in Japan

Various newspaper articles in Japan are serving to illustrate the multiple landslides triggered in Japan by Typhoon Hagibis last weekend.

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3 April 2019

The complexity of the timing of rockfalls

High resolution monitoring of a natural rock slope in the southern Japanese Alps has provided insight into the complexity of the timing of rockfalls

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9 November 2018

Landslides from the M=6.7 6th September 2018 Hokkaido Iburi-Tobu Earthquake – a first technical report

On 6th September 2018 the M=6.7 Hokkaido Iburi-Tobu earthquake struck Hokkaido in Japan. The earthquake triggered over 6000 landslides, killing 36 people

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