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21 January 2022

Murgame: a debris flow game from the WSL

The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) has written an interactive game, Murgame, that highlights the risks associated with debris flows to mountain communities

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27 October 2021

The cost of mitigating slope safety risk for Welsh coal waste tips

Yesterday the Welsh Government released the results of an analysis of coal waste tips across South Wales. A total of 2,456 tips have been identified, of which 327 have been determined to have the potential to cause risk to safety.

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23 June 2017

The Kaikoura earthquake landslides: an excellent video about the mitigation works on State Highway 1

The Kaikoura earthquake landslides: an excellent video about the enormous mitigation works on State Highway 1 in New Zealand

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29 September 2012

Updates and videos from a couple of recent landslides

A couple of interesting landslide stories this week (updated with an extra video below): 1. The Route 14 landslide near Cedar Falls, Utah Thanks to Alexandre Mathieu for the heads up on this one.  Back in October 2011, a huge landslide blocked State Route 14 near to Cedar Falls. Since then a huge project has been underway to reinstate the road.  This was completed this week, when the road reopened.  …

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24 April 2012

Landslide Mitigation Housing

An innovative design to mitigate a landslide in California by constructing housing units that are designed to deform as the slide moves

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31 July 2011

Landslide protection, New Zealand style

Pictures of two large-scale landslide mitigation structures on Arthur’s Pass in New Zealand.

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18 September 2009

Extraordinary! Using a helicopter sledgehammer to clear loose rock from a cliff!

I thought I had seen everything until I saw this video! It is from Norway, showing an extraordinary method for removing a loose rock pillar from a high, steep cliff. The answer is obvious – just hang a 1.8 tonne block on a cable under the helicopter and bash the offending rock with your new sledgehammer. This must take very skillful flying. The most amazing thing is that it worked …

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23 June 2009

The National Centre for Landslide Research, Studies and Management in India

Yesterday, the Indian National Disaster Management Authority held a press conference to announce the publication of a new set of “National Disaster Management Guidelines – Management of Landslides and Snow Avalanches”. At this press conference it was also announced that the Indian Government will set up a National Centre for Landslide Research, Studies and Management, to be located in one of the most landslide-prone states (I would guess that this …

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5 May 2009

Nailing Jell-o to a wall…

This is a guest post from Bill Rabenaldt from California about a novel soil nail mitifation technique. Can you nail jell-o to a wall? Not easily. Can you nail a landslide area, levee or bluff before it fails? You bet! The valley floors around Aspen, Telluride and other resort areas in the Rockies are all but built out. Where do business and families go? The surrounding hills and mountain sides …

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6 November 2008

Highway 97 update

Blast on the problem slope on Highway 97 (from CBCnews) Attempts to deal with the slope problem on Highway 97 in Canada continue in a quietly controlled manner, and there are now some signs of success. The focus continues to be upon small blasts at the head of the slope to remove material, which is then transferred to the toe to support the mass and to protect the highway. The …

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