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5 May 2020

The Sardoba dam failure: flood routing

Satellite imagery from Planet Labs shows that the flood from the Sardoba Dam failure inundated a very large area, damaging farm land and communities.

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12 September 2019

Landslides during the construction of the Morehall and Broomhead reservoirs in Sheffield

During construction of the Broomhead reservoir, near Sheffield, in the 1920s and 1930s, a large, deep-seated landslide caused major problems

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28 May 2018

Another landslide at the Ituango dam site in Colombia

On Saturday another landslide happened at the Ituango dam site. This was a smaller failure above a slope that has been cut and mitigated. 1500 workers were evacuated from the site, but no-one was injured. The integrity of the dam was not apparently threatened by this event.

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21 May 2018

The Hidroituango crisis: complete evacuation of a number communities

The Hidroituango crisis in Colombia: a number of communities have now been evacuated, whilst operations to raise the crest of the dam continue. At the moment the situation appears to be mostly under control

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25 April 2012

Increasing landslide hazards and the Three Gorges Dam

News reports indicate that landslide hazards on the banks of the Three Gorges Dam reservoir are much worse than expected.

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17 April 2009

The rising cost of landslides in the Three Gorges dam area

One of the great concerns about the Three Gorges Dam in China has always been the potential for large-scale landslides. As the project nears completion, inevitably very over-budget, the level of the lake is rising and the cost of these landslides in becoming apparent. Today AFP and Xinhua have runs stories that raise concerns still further. These stories report that since September there have been 166 landslide and debris flow …

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29 January 2009

Was the Wenchuan (Sichuan) earthquake triggered by humans?

At recent edition of Science carries a really intriguing review piece that examines the triggers of the Wenchuan earthquake. Although earthquake triggering is really beyond the scope of this blog, the huge number of devastating landslides that the earthquake induced means that this is of interest. The article can be read online here. The article has emerged from work undertaken at two different locations. Christian Klose of Columbia University presented …

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25 January 2009

Two interesting recent landslides

Two interesting landslides to report in the last few days. 1. Landslide in Iztapalapa, Mexico CityOn Thursday morning a 50 cubic metre landslide in the Itzapalapa, a poor suburb of Mexico City slid onto a house at the toe of the slope, killing two people. Chinagate has published a rather dramatic picture of the site: The interesting thing about this image is the very large (apparently 5 m high) retaining …

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