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10 February 2020

The exceptional mobility of tailings dam failures

The exceptional mobility of tailings dam failures I’m continuing to write my paper for the keynote at the 13th International Symposium on Landslides in Colombia this year (the paper is due this month, so the pressure is on). As I noted in a post last week, I’ve been looking at the impact of landslides in less developed countries; one key component of this is the impact of failures associated with …

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20 January 2020

Brumadinho: the Expert Panel report on the failure of the Feijão tailings dam

Last month the official Expert Panel released its report on the Feijao tailings dam disaster at Brumadinho in Brazil, which killed over 300 people.

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4 October 2019

Nosso Senhora do Livramento: another tailings dam failure in Brazil

On 1st October 2019, another significant tailings dam failure occurred in Brazil, this time at Nosso Senhora do Livramento in Mato Grosso.

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20 September 2019

The 1985 Stava tailings dam disaster

The failure of the Stava tailings dam in Trento, Italy in 1985 generated a mudflow that killed 268 people downstream of the facility.

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30 July 2019

Baikalsk: a horrifying example of a high risk waste storage facility in Russia

13 large waste storage ponds at Baikalsk, on the banks of Lake Baikal, appear to be exceptionally vulnerable to landslides and debris flows.

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28 July 2019

The Cobriza Mine tailings failure: a high resolution image from Planet Labs

Planet Labs have kindly collected a high resolution SkySat image of the Cobriza Mine tailings failure in Peru, which happened on 10th July 2019.

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16 July 2019

Cobriza, Peru: another significant tailings dam failure

On 10th July 2019 another significant tailings dam failure occurred, this time at the Cobriza mine in Peru, releasing cyanide pollution into the Rio Mantaro

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28 May 2019

Gongo Soco mine: another potential tailings dam failure in Brazil

In Brazil another tailings dam, at the Gongo Soco mine in Barão de Cocais to the east of Belo Horizonte, is at risk of failure due to a rock wall collapse.

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13 May 2019

Tailings dam failures: an interesting perspective article in Science

A Perspectives article in Science (Santamarina et al. 2019) argues that we need a better understanding of the processes leading to tailings dam failures as well as greatly improved management and regulation of tailings facilities

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16 April 2019

Planet Labs Skysat image of the Hindalco tailings failure

Planet Labs have successfully acquired a high resolution SkySat image of the Hindalco Tailings failure in Muri, India, which occurred last week

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