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5 August 2021

Understanding the recent monsoon landslides in Maharashtra, India

Understanding the recent monsoon landslides in Maharashtra, India, which killed at least 100 people in July 2021.

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14 May 2020

The 2019 fatal landslide dataset

I have made the 2019 fatal landslide dataset available as a Google Sheet for the community to use, and welcome any corrections or additions

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13 May 2020

A map of 2019 fatal landslides

I have now been able to generate the global map of 2019 fatal landslides. This shows an unusual cluster of landslides in East Africa.

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26 April 2016

The distribution of landslides from the M=7.0 Kumamoto Earthquake

Stunning data from DPRI at Kyoto University, and available as a Google Earth kmz file, provides the first map of the distribution of landslides triggered by the M=7.0 Kumamoto Earthquake in Japan

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12 March 2009

Climate Change Vulnerability Mapping for Southeast Asia

A very interesting report was released last week by the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA) in which an attempt has been made to map the pattern of vulnerability across the region to climate change. The aim of the project, for which the report is available online, was to “identify which regions in Southeast Asia are the most vulnerable to climate change.” This is a fairly bold thing …

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15 November 2008

October 2008 fatal landslide map

Rather later than is ideal (for which I apologise), here are the maps for fatal landslides in October 2008. First, the statistics:Number of recorded fatal landslides: 22Number of recorded fatalities: 179The average for the period 2002-2007 inclusive was 398 fatalities, excluding the impact of the Kashmir earthquake in 2005, so 2008 is considerably below the long term average. This is the map of the fatal landslides that I recorded (click …

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1 October 2008

September 2008 fatal landslide map

For the first time in recorded history the monthly fatal landslide map is actually on time! Below is the map for September 2008. First the statistics:Number of recorded fatal landslides: 59Number of recorded fatalities: 1290 September has been a quite bizarre month, with fatal landslides occurring at a level that is much higher than expected. As such this continues the trend for August, which was also above average, but it …

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17 September 2008

August 2008 fatal landslide map

Better late than never (just a tad busy at the moment…), here is the fatal landslide map for August 2008. First the statistics:Number of recorded fatal landslides: 61Number of recorded fatalities: 537 As such August was substantially above the average for the last five years (212 fatalities). This is interesting as regular readers will know that until the end of July most months have been substantially below the five year …

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12 August 2008

July 2008 fatal landslide map

The map below shows the provisional distribution of fatal landslides for June 2008. The (again provisional) statistics are:Number of fatal landslides: 55Number of fatalities: 2127 Once again, the number of recorded fatalities this month has been substantially below the average for 2002-2007, which is 504 deaths. This is consistent with the monthly totals for the whole of the year – indeed at the moment 2008 has the lowest number of …

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2 July 2008

June 2008 fatal landslide map

The map below shows the distribution of fatal landslides for June 2008. The statistics are:Number of fatal landslides: 43Number of fatalities: 215 As has been the pattern all year, June was substantially below the average number of fatalities for may in 2003-2007, which is 334 deaths. Interestingly, during June there have been extensive reports of intense and prolonged rainfall events, but this does not seem to have translated into fatal …

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