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28 July 2012

A landslide is rapidly destroying a World Heritage site in India

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a World Heritage site, has been closed by a landslide at Tindharia

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30 June 2012

The train derailment on the West Highland line on Thursday

The Daily Mail has a set of images of the train derailed by a landslide on Thursday on the West Highland line in Scotland

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29 June 2012

Railway landslides in the UK yesterday

Intense rainfall brought by thunderstorms triggered multiple landslides on the UK rail network yesterday

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1 May 2012

Two railway landslides in the UK

In exceptionally heavy rainfall over the last week in the UK there has been two significant landslide events on railway lines.

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22 September 2011

Catching up part 2: landslides in NY State and Germany; the trial of the Italian Seismologists; and a video of a landslide on the Mohawk River

Updates on landslide events over the last few weeks – including a new video, a trai accident in Germany, landslides from Hurricane Irene, and the trial of the Italian seismologists.

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8 March 2011

Distorted railway lines in the Christchurch Earthquake

After the September 2010 Darfield earthquake I posted Malcolm Teesdale’s now famous image of distorted railway track. This post provides an update in light of the Christchurch earthquake, including an explanation as to why this type of deformation can occur in tracks.

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3 November 2010

Updates – the Canterbury earthquake railway line; Hurricane Tomas and Haiti; and Manchhar lake in Pakistan

This is a general update email on a range of recent posts: 1. The railway line affected by the Canterbury Earthquake in New Zealand Yesterday I posted the image to the left of the deformation to a railway line were it crossed the surface expression of the fault that was responsible for the Canterbury Earthquake in New Zealand.  A number of people contributed to the discussion (thanks to you all) …

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2 November 2010

The Canterbury Earthquake: Images of the distorted railway line

A recent post was centred on images of the fault rupture of the September 2010 Canterbury earthquake in New Zealand. This post uses images provided by Malcolm Teasdale of Kiwirail to show the kine buckling that occurred on a railway track at the point that it crossed area of the surface fault expression close to Rolleston at the east end of the fault system.

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23 May 2010

Meanwhile, elsewhere

Although all eyes, and increasingly those of the media (which is showing considerable interest in this blog), are on Attabad, other landslides are happening around the world as we enter the rainy season in many landslide prone areas of the Northern Hemisphere.  In the last few days a number of significant landslide events have occurred: 1. A landslide-induced rail crash in China this morning.Xinhua reports that an 8000 cubic metre, …

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12 April 2010

The location of the Italian train crash landslide

Thanks to David Bressan of the Cryology and Co blog for help in identifying the location of the landslide in Italy today that derailed a train, killing at least nine passengers.  The location is (48.632N, 10.882E) is shown on this Google Earth image:  The landslide was small – only 400 cubic metres – but it doesn’t take much to derail a train if it happens at the wrong time and …

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