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4 March 2020

Baixada Santista: significant landslides in Brazil this week

Heavy rainfall on 2 and 3 March 2020 triggered many landslides in the urban area of Baixada Santista in SE Brazil, killing at least 18 people.

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21 August 2017

Regent landslide in Sierra Leone: the causes of the disaster

New images show that the Regent landslide in Sierra Leone was large translational slide that morphed into a channelised debris flow.

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15 October 2015

Karachi rockfall: a human-induced tragedy?

A rockfall in Karachi on Tuesday killed 13 people including seven children. Images of the site hint that there may be a human cause of the tragedy

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18 June 2012

48 deaths resulting from a leaking pipe?

A report suggests that the landslide that killed 48 people in Colombia in November was caused by a leaking pipe

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8 April 2010

Stop Press: Over 200 people buried in last night's landslide in Niteroi, Brazil?

AP is reporting that over 200 people have been buried in last night’s landslide in Niteroi, Brazil: “A top Rio de Janeiro state security official says at least 200 people have been buried in the latest landslide to hit the area. Civil Defense subsecretary Pedro Machado tells Globo television that the slide plowed into a slum in the city of Niteroi. Machado said Thursday that anyone there at the time …

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Stop Press: Over 200 people buried in last night’s landslide in Niteroi, Brazil?

AP is reporting that over 200 people have been buried in last night’s landslide in Niteroi, Brazil: “A top Rio de Janeiro state security official says at least 200 people have been buried in the latest landslide to hit the area. Civil Defense subsecretary Pedro Machado tells Globo television that the slide plowed into a slum in the city of Niteroi. Machado said Thursday that anyone there at the time …

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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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16 February 2010

An update on the Italian landslide(s)

The large landslide in southern Italy that was graphically caught on camera (see the video in my earlier post) has generated a great deal of interest – indeed this site has had its busiest ever day. Details of the slide are still quite sketchy, but this is what we know so far: First, the media are confusing two different slides in the same general area of Calabria – in fact …

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31 December 2009

Mudslides in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Various international news agencies are reporting that the year is ending with a number of fatal landslides in and around Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. For example, the BBC report says: “Heavy rains have caused floods and landslides in Brazil, leaving at least 11 people dead. Officials said the worst incident had occurred in Jacarepagua, in the western part of Rio de Janeiro state, where a family of five died …

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