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8 April 2010

Another major landslide in the Rio de Janeiro area of Brazil

 O Globo in Brazil is reporting that another large landslide (in Portuguese “deslizamento de terra” for those looking the original website) struck the Niteroi area overnight, burying up to 50 houses, following the multiple slides yesterday.  The slide (shown below in an image from O Globo) occurred at Vi├žoso Jardim, in the Niteroi suburb of Cubango.  At least five people have been killed, with an unknown number of people missing.  …

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7 April 2010

Widespread landslides in Rio de Janeiro and Niteroi in Brazil

Over the last few days the city of Rio de Janeiro, and its twin city Niteroi just across the water, have been affected by extremely intense rainfall – a reported 288 mm in 24 hours.  The upshot has been a series of flash floods and landslides that have killed over 100 people so far.  More heavy rain is expected today. O Globo has produced an interactive map of the Rio …

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25 March 2009

Beichuan – photos of the aftermath of a natural catastrophe

This is the first of my series of photographic reviews of the earthquake affected area in Sichuan Province. The other sets are as follows:Part 1 (this part): Beichuan town Part 2: The Tangjiashan landslide Part 3: Hanwang town Part 4: The Mianyuanhe area Part 5: The Xingyiu area Thanks to my friends in the State Key Laboratory for Geohazards at the Chengdu University of Technology I have spent the last …

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19 February 2009

A new landslide video from Bolivia

I have come across another video of a landslide from Bolivia. I suspect that this is the recent slide in La Paz, as per the following report from The News: “At least 300 people have been injured in the Bolivian city of La Paz following a serious mudslide, Mayor Juan del Granado said Tuesday. “The (movements) are still ongoing but we are talking about more than 60 families affected and …

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23 December 2008

Brazil landslides

Over the last month Brazil has suffered terribly from heavy rainfall that has induced extensive flooding and landslides. Over130 people have been killed to date. This week, Minas Gerais state has been heavily affected. The Latin American Herald Tribune has today released this image of some of the damage. It shows how small, shallow soil slips are causing extensive damage to houses.

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17 September 2008

Cairo landslide – the fall out continues

The Manshiet Nasser landslide continues to cause a huge political row in Cairo. Perhaps most importantly the population of the affected area remain deeply concerned about the nature of the response by the authorities, and their subsequent treatment. I suspect that this will rumble on for a long time. The rescue and recovery efforts have now ceased – to be honest this is probably the right decision as trying to …

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14 September 2008

Loss of life in the Manshiet Nasser (Cairo) and Taoshi township (Shaanxi) landslides

Xinhua is now reporting that the death toll in the Shaanxi landslide has now reached 254. They also report that the recovery teams are yet to search two channels in which local people believe more bodies are buried AFP is reporting that the number of fatalities in the Manshiet Nasser (Cairo) landslide is now 82 people, with at least another week of recovery work to follow. Interestingly. they also report …

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12 September 2008

The location of the Cairo landslide

Thanks to posters over at the EgyptSearch forum, and in particular poster AntonD who finally identified the place, I can finally identify what I think is the location of the Cairo landslide. The point is at: 30 degrees 2.728 minutes N, 31 degrees 17.261 minutes E. This is the Google Earth image of this point: The cliff from which the failure occurred is clear, as are the houses below. According …

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11 September 2008

Updates on the Cairo and Shaanxi landslides

It is unusual to have two major stories running simultaneously about landslides so here is a combined update: 1. The Manshiet Nasser landslide in Cairo The death toll in the Cairo landslide disaster continues to rise – it is now officially 69 people. There seems to be considerable confusion about how many people are left trapped – but is fair to say that there is now no hope of rescuing …

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7 September 2008

The Cairo rockslide foreseen?

EPA/MIKE NELSON image showing the displaced blocks at El Doweiqa The death toll in the rock slide at El Doweiqa in the Manshiet Nasser slum of east Cairo is slowly creeping upwards. At the time of writing it has exceeded 30 people, but unfortunately as the image below shows the likelihood is that it will be much higher once these huge blocks have been shifted (if ever). As an aside, …

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