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9 February 2021

Southannan: a major railway landslide in Scotland

Southannan: a major railway landslide in Scotland over the weekend has blocked the line between Ardrossan and Largs

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10 June 2020

The role of earthquake and rainstorm induced landslides in shaping mountain chains

A new study published in Science Advances (Wang et al. 2020) shows that rainstorms tend to trigger landslides that sculpt the landscape at lower levels, whilst earthquake induced landslides cause erosion at higher elevations.

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18 May 2020

The current landslide crisis in East Africa

Data suggests that the recent high number of fatal landslides in East Africa may be associated with the state of the Indian Ocean Dipole

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4 November 2013

A new paper on the Tumbi Quarry landslide in Papua New Guinea

A new paper, Robbins et al (2013) has examined the triggering processes responsible for the Tumbi Quarry landslide in Papua New Guinea

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28 October 2011

The remarkable rainfall that caused the floods and landslides in Italy this week

Rainfall records from Liguria this week suggest that peak rainfall intensities were truly exceptional – at one gauge they exceeded 140 mm per hour – leading to the flood and landslide disaster that affected northern Italy on Tuesday.

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29 January 2010

New images of the level of destruction in the Cusco area of Peru

The Spanish language blog El Caminerito has been covering the magnitude of the rainfall, flood and landslide disaster in Cusco, Peru. They have put together a very helpful map showing the locations of serious damage: Ver Cusco en Emergencia en un mapa más grande The scale of the disaster, which is still being ignored by the western media in favour of coverage of the tourists at Machu Picchu, is well-illustrated …

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28 November 2009

The link between rainfall intensity and global temperature

The aftermath of a landslide in Taiwan caused by very heavy rainfall One of the most interesting aspects of the global landslide database that we maintain at Durham is the way in which it has highlighted the importance of rainfall intensity in the triggering of fatal landslides. Generally speaking, to kill people a landslide needs to move quickly rapid, and rapid landslides appear to be primarily (but note not always) …

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17 April 2009

Large landslides in Peru and Kyrgyzstan, the Afghanistan earthquake plus heavy rain expected in the Wenchuan area

Each year in mid-April we move into the global “landslide season”, when the development of the Northern Hemisphere summer, and the associated weather patterns elsewhere, means that the number of landslides starts to increase dramatically. This is all too clear from the range of landslide events in the last few days, plus the threat of heavy rainfall in the earthquake affected areas of China: 1. Major landslide in PeruA range …

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5 March 2009

Karst landslide in China

Xinhua is reporting a landslide in Jinjiling Hill in Guilin, Guangxi yesterday that buried several houses and killed four people. Whilst in global terms the event was not huge, the images that Xinhua have published are quite interesting: Xinhua describes the event thus: “…several hundred tonnes of rocks and dirt gushed down from the mountain at about 9:20 p.m. Wednesday. Four workers in charge of a cave-digging project in the …

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