"The causes of landslides are not a mystery to mankind. Layers of rock and soil such that rain running along a clay or rock layer can create a slippery surface for the weight of the layers above it is a common cause. A rock jumble from previous mountain building, broken or fractured rock easily dislodged. We have stated that the earthquakes man experiences between the periodic passages of Planet X can be considered aftershocks from the last passage, and this is true of landslides also. Mountain building rumples the landscape, so the land is not flat but has steep ravines and hill sides. Older mountain ranges are recognized for their rounded or smoothed appearance, because of frequent landslides distributing the rubble.

"As we approach another passage, another Pole Shift, the pace of landslides has picked up. Why would this be? Plates under pressure will put pressure on regions that contain rumpled hillsides and deep ravines, as these give more readily than strictly flat land, thus act as a weak link. In addition, due to the wobble, the weather has gotten more extreme, with drought and deluge increasing in extremes. Dry ground, suddenly flooded with rainwater needing to seek its level as runoff, will create internal water slides between the rock and soil layers that constitute the rumpled hillsides. Is there an early warning system that mankind could use? The trembles that soil about to slide emits could be detected, yes. These are not earthquakes, and have their own frequency. "

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 4, 2018 at 6:58pm


More than 70 homes collapsed after landslide in Tijuana BC

Tijuana, Mexico (February 03, 2018) .- A landslide caused the destruction of around 70 homes southwest of Tijuana without reports of injuries. The slide of the hill dragged along houses, light poles, water pipes and drainage, as well as paved streets in just four hours, according to witnesses and municipal authorities.

The most severe landslide occurred between 10:00 pm on Friday and 02:00 am on Saturday, according to the director of Civil Protection, Rito Portugal.

“We are talking about a total of ​​70 homes totally destroyed,” he said. the official.

In a tour conducted by reporters of REFORMA newspaper on Saturday Feb. 3, witnesses stated that they noticed movements and cracks in the streets and main avenues for the last 15 days, so they notified the delegate of San Antonio de los Buenos, Maria Guadalupe Barrón Uribe, but did not obtain any answer or support whatsoever.

Municipal Civil Protection did notify dozens of houses that were at risk of collapse, placed red stamps on them, and families managed to leave in time between Friday night and Saturday morning.

“There was a very loud thunder,” said María Isabel González Ramos, “house were falling to pieces, there was wood, stones and cement all over the place since Monday, and things start getting worse by Tuesday, and Wednesday, the ground was literally sinking, until we could no longer enter or exit our house, we had to jump over the cracks in order to get our stuff out the house last night. ”

On Saturday morning, dozens of families were taking their belongings from their houses in Colonia Lomas del Rubí, just minutes before the landslide detroy them. Armchairs, beds, stoves, gas tanks, TV screens as well as pets and vehicles.

Patricia Hernández Sáenz, 40, mother of six children, who now spends the night in a tent, did not have time to take her furniture out of her house last night. She managed to get some clothing, personal documents and a tent, where she is currently spending the night with her family. Patricia is originally from Puebla.

“We told the delegate of San Antonio de los Buenos, that the land was sliding little by little”, Saénz mentioned.

For 25 years, Hernández Sáenz has lived in Colonia Lomas del Rubí and she never saw something like this.

Tijuana’s director of Civil Protection, Rito Portugal, stressed that Municipal Social Development will give 10 thousand pesos to each affected family so they can pay for the first month of rent.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 28, 2018 at 9:23pm


Buildings in danger after Schenectady mudslide

One person had to be dug out with shovels, flown to Albany Med

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 23, 2018 at 12:49am


13 die after massive landslide throws bus into abyss in Colombia

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 18, 2018 at 3:51am


Landslide threatens three-story hillside home in Malibu

Comment by Khan on January 17, 2018 at 7:42am

Slow-moving landslide has Washington town on high alert.

A slow-moving landslide in a fertile farming region in Washington state has forced evacuations as officials prepare for what they say is inevitable — the collapse of a ridge that sits above a few dozen homes and a key highway.

People in Washington are especially wary of landslides following one in 2014 north of Seattle that swept through a tiny community and across a state road, killing dozens.

Experts say the slide could happen as soon as late January or early February above Union Gap, a small agricultural town in the rolling brown foothills of the Cascade Range. A chunk of one ridge about the size of 24 football fields is expected to break off, spilling an estimated 4 million cubic yards of rocks and dirt.

Opinions on the impact vary widely, ranging from little damage to widespread flooding, especially in Union Gap. Some worry floodwaters will stretch into Yakima, which has 94,000 residents and sits just a few miles away.

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 12, 2018 at 6:50am


Two killed as Kota Marudu road collapses in landslide

KOTA MARUDU: Two people were killed when a stretch of a Kota Marudu-Ranau road here collapsed this morning.

The two – a motorcyclist and the pillion rider – tumbled into a ravine and were buried in a landslide.

District police chief Superintendent Mohd Izaan Abdullah said they were alerted to the incident along Jalan Marak Parak at 7.30am by the district Fire and Rescue Department.

"A police team was deployed to the site, where both victims were found (dead)," he said.

As of 10.30am, police have yet to identify the victims.

Two people – a motorcyclist and the pillion rider – tumbled into a ravine and were buried in a landslide when a stretch of a Kota Marudu-Ranau road here collapsed this morning. Pix courtesy of Police

12.30pm UPDATE

After digging through layers of mud and debris, police here have located and retrieved the bodies of two people who were on a motorcycle when a landslide caused a stretch of the Kota Marudu-Ranau road to collapse.

The motorcyclist has been identified as Jaiman Bien, 39, and his pillion rider has been named as Edmond James, 22.

When the road suddenly collapsed, the two men tumbled into a ravine and were buried under a landslide.

Fourteen firefighters from the Kota Marudu and Ranau Fire and Rescue Departments were despatched to the scene after receiving a distress call at 7.20am.

In a statement, the Sabah Fire and Rescue Headquarters said that firefighters used shovels to dig through the debris to search for the missing duo.

“The first victim was found at 8.31am and the second victim was pulled out at 9.28am. The two bodies have been handed over to the police for the next course of action,” it said.

A red Honda EX5 motorcycle was also retrieved from beneath the mass of earth.

The search and rescue (SAR) operation also involved a team from the Civil Defence Department and the police.

Sabah Civil Defence Department director Colonel Kamal Mokthar said that Kota Marudu has been hit by heavy rain over the last two days.

“The landslide involved a 30m stretch of road. At the moment, vehicles are still able to pass through the stretch via one lane.

“The district Public Works Department and a concession party have inspected the affected area. The concession team has been instructed to put up a warning sign at the site,” he added.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on January 10, 2018 at 1:33am


Debris and mud covered parts of the 101 freeway in Montecito, Calif., on Tuesday.CreditMike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department, via Associated Press

CARPINTERIA, Calif. — First came the fires. Now come the floods.

Heavy rains lashed the hillsides of Santa Barbara County on Tuesday, sending one boy hurtling hundreds of yards in a torrent of mud before he was rescued from under a freeway overpass. His father, though, was still missing. A 14-year-old girl was buried under a mountain of mud and debris from a collapsed home before being pulled to safety by rescuers as helicopters circulated overhead, searching for more victims.

Still, those children could count themselves among the lucky.

At least 13 people — and possibly more, the authorities warned — were killed on Tuesday as a vast area northwest of Los Angeles, recently scorched in the state’s largest wildfire on record, became the scene of another disaster, as a driving rainstorm, the heaviest in nearly a year, triggered floods and mudslides.

The wreckage of the downpour, coming so soon after the wildfires, was not a coincidence but a direct result of the charred lands, left vulnerable to quickly forming mudslides.

For residents and emergency workers, still weighing the devastation of the fires, it was a day of grim rituals resumed: road closings, evacuations, downed power lines, heroic rescues and a search for the dead.

“There’s still lots of areas that we haven’t been able to get to due to debris blocking roadways,” said Mike Eliason, a public information officer for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

And that figure was compiled before the heavy rains struck California this week. Fires have been a scourge of California — dozens of people were killed in wildfires in Northern California in the fall — but rains bring their own perils, especially in places where the earth has been scorched by fire, leaving it susceptible to floods and dangerous mudslides.

Hundreds of emergency workers, many of whom had weeks earlier battled the massive fire that denuded hillsides and made the dirt so unstable, searched on Tuesday for survivors with the help of Coast Guard helicopters and heavy equipment to clear blocked roads. And flooding and mudslides closed a stretch of Highway 101, a crucial artery along the coast south from Santa Barbara, as well as portions of the 110 freeway.

Emergency workers search through debris and damaged homes after a mudslide in Montecito, Calif., on Tuesday. CreditSanta Barbara County Fire Department

As the mud rushed into lower-lying neighborhoods in Montecito, a wealthy hillside community where many celebrities have homes, the power went out and gas lines were severed, said Thomas Tighe, a resident.

Sometime after 2 a.m. Mr. Tighe heard a loud rumbling, which he took to be boulders crashing down the hills. In the dark of the night, he could make out his cars floating away. Wearing a wet suit and booties, he used an ax to break down the fences around his house, which had been holding back the mud.

By dawn the devastation — and human toll — became clearer. Just 50 feet from Mr. Tighe’s home, firefighters found a body, wedged up against a neighbor’s car. Down the street, a couple and their three children, including an infant, sought safety on their roof.

“The neighborhood got pummeled,” Mr. Tighe said. “We were lucky in the scope of things.”

Anticipating the floods, Santa Barbara County officials issued a mandatory evacuation order on Sunday evening for roughly 7,000 residents, but most chose to stay in their homes.

“We went door to door,” said Gina DePinto, the communications manager for Santa Barbara County. “But many refused to leave.”

Across Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, even in areas spared the worse of the floods, people were once again weighing the attractions of California life against its dangers.

For the second time in a month, Mark Carrillo, who lives in the coastal community of Carpinteria, ignored orders to evacuate his home at the top of a hill. During the fires last month, he decided to stay put to make sure no embers landed on his roof.

“There’s no place I’d rather be in the world,” he said.

Mr. Eliason, the fire department spokesman, said he worked with a team of firefighters that rescued eight people, including the 14-year-old girl who was in a house that was forced off its foundation and crashed into a stand of trees. It took two hours for firefighters to cut her out of the debris.

Firefighters successfully rescued a 14 year-old girl, second from right, after she was trapped for hours inside a destroyed home in Montecito on Tuesday.CreditSanta Barbara County Fire Department

Creeks that during much of the year would only have a trickle of water burst their banks and “went where they wanted to go,” Mr. Eliason said.

“It was waist deep in the worst kind of mud you can think of,” he said. “You sink when you walk into it. You can’t pull your legs out.”

The rains began several hours after midnight Tuesday and in some cases fell an inch per hour; by late afternoon the highest recordings of total rainfall were in a section of Ventura County, where more than five inches had fallen in Ortega Hill. Over the weekend, as forecasts began calling for rain, the authorities began warning of possibly dangerous floods and mudslides in the area that had been consumed by wildfires in what was known as the Thomas Fire, which burned over 280,000 acres last month spanning Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, and became California’s largest wildfire on record.

As rescuers searched for survivors on Tuesday afternoon, the weather forecast, at least, offered a respite. According to the National Weather Service, the rains would taper off by nighttime, and the rest of the week was forecast to be dry and clear.

Jonathan W. Godt, who coordinates the landslide hazards program at the United States Geological Survey, said the area of the Thomas Fire was prone to debris flows for two reasons: the terrain and the nature of the fire.

“That’s some really rugged topography,” Dr. Godt said, with steep slopes and elevation differences.

The fire, in a mostly chaparral landscape, also burned exceptionally hot, Dr. Godt said. A fire changes the physical properties of the soil, making it less absorbent. “It becomes much more erodible,” he said.

As rainwater runs off and flows downhill, it picks up soil, trees, boulders and other debris and eventually collects in a stream channel. The mix of water and debris, often with a consistency close to wet concrete, can then continue traveling at high speed down the streambed.

“You bring that down at 20 miles per hour and it can do a lot of damage,” Dr. Godt said.

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Comment by KM on January 7, 2018 at 1:35pm


UK’s iconic Seven Sisters cliffs caught on camera shattering, falling into sea 

UK’s iconic Seven Sisters cliffs caught on camera shattering, falling into sea (VIDEO)

The footage was uploaded to social media and has since gone viral, garnering more than 7,000 views in less than 24 hours.

The footage, taken by a National Trust staffer, was filmed at the Seven Sisters beauty spot at Birling Gap in East Sussex at the height of the storm. Winds of up to 80mph battered the coast, apparently taking the cliffs down with them.

“During the recent storm, there was a cliff fall on the chalk cliffs at the Seven Sisters," a National Trust spokesperson said.

“This was captured on video by a member of the National Trust team. This stands as a reminder of the danger of standing near the cliff edge and we advise visitors to act sensibly when visiting the area.”

The National Trust looks after 775 miles of coastline around England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including the white cliffs. More than 350,000 tourists visit Birling Gap and Seven Sisters cliffs annually, but in recent years visitors have been warned to stay well clear of the edge due to recent erosion and to a horrific accident last year.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 17, 2017 at 8:20am


Mudslide in southern Chile kills five, at least 15 missing

A mudslide on Saturday tore through a small village in southern Chile near a popular national park, leaving five people dead and at least 15 missing after a night of torrential downpours, authorities said.

A video taken from a helicopter by Chilean police showed a vast swath of the remote town of Villa Santa Lucia, near Chaiten in coastal Patagonia, buried beneath the mud as the landslide plowed its way down a flooded river valley.

Four Chileans and a male tourist whose name and nationality have not been disclosed were died in the mudslide, authorities said.

Rescue workers were continuing to search through the debris for at least 15 people.

The mudslide also destroyed a school and several homes and roadways as well as a voting center ahead of Chile´s presidential election on Sunday.

President Michelle Bachelet declared the area a disaster zone.

"I have ordered rescue workers to put all the necessary resources toward protecting the people of Villa Santa Lucia," she said on social media.

More than 4.5 inches (11.4 cm) of rain fell in 24 hours, the country's Interior Ministry said, but weather conditions were expected to improve later in the day.

Villa Santa Lucia borders Chile's Corcovado National Park, a popular tourist region of volcanoes, fjords and vast forests.

The nearby Chaiten volcano erupted in 2008, forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 29, 2017 at 6:19am


One dead, two trapped after landslide at walking track in Wentworth Falls in Blue Mountains

Updated29 November 2017 - 03:06pmfirst published at 11:09am

Three National Parks contractors were identifying rock fall hazards at the Blue Mountains on Wednesday when a landslide 10 metres above hit, killing one of the workers and seriously injuring the others.

The injured men, 26 and 27, were in the process of being winched to safety but their colleague, whose age has not yet been released by police, was not as fortunate.

National Park director David Crust said the contractors were identifying "rock fall hazard" when the landslide hit around 11.40am at Wentworth Falls.

A full risk assessment had been done. "It was part of a programmed work," Mr Crust said.

"The matter is now under investigation. It's a tragic event."

Superintendent Darryl Jobson said the operation to rescue the two survivors was "sensitive".

"It took about one hour for emergency responders to access the site," Superintendent Jobson told reporters at the scene.

"This is an ongoing operation. The priority is the safety of our responders."

The NSW Ambulance service said one of the survivors "has suffered multiple fractures and is currently being transported by helicopter to Westmead Hospital in a serious condition"."The other patient remains on scene a stable condition, awaiting extrication by helicopter," they said.

It was reported the man who died will not be removed on Wednesday and will remain under police guard. A report will be prepared for the coroner.

Emergency services responded to reports of people injured in the rock fall. Critical care paramedics had been winched in to assess the patients, and rescue teams from police and fire and rescue were also on scene.

Police said the trio were not tourists.

Police said the trio were not tourists.

Photo: Seven News

Mike Burgess told the ABC he was bushwalking below the mountainside track that collapsed when he heard a "big explosion" that sounded "like dynamite going off".

"But I knew it wouldn't be dynamite, it would be a big slab," he said.

Scenery at the National Pass, near where the accident occurred.

Scenery at the National Pass, near where the accident occurred.

Photo: Johan Palsson

"We heard all the blooming rocks smash down through the bush … right after that I heard a bloke scream.

"I'd say there were some pretty bad injuries down there."

Efforts to rescue the two men were expected to be "protracted", an ambulance spokesman said, and could be hampered by the weather which he said looked to be turning bad.

Fifteen ambulance crews including three rescue helicopters were responding to the incident.

One Fire and Rescue crew was also on the scene and two more were on their way, a Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman said.

A command post has been established at the end of Falls Road, where officers from Blue Mountains Local Area Command, police rescue, Polair and National Parks and Wildlife Service are also on the scene.

Police asked members of the public to avoid the area.

An announcement on the National Parks and Wildlife Service website says Wentworth Pass is closed "due to a rockfall on National Pass".

The pass closure affects the Den Fenella walking track, National Pass and the Wentworth Pass loop walking track.

Large rocks previously fell on the National Pass walking track at Wentworth Falls in November last year.

After further signs of increasing instability the track was temporarily closed in September this year, following an assessment of overhead rock stability.

"Falls of this nature occur throughout the park and the procedures are to help ensure the safety of everyone," NPWS Blue Mountains acting area manager Arthur Henry said at the time.

The September closure covered the area between Valley of the Waters and Slack Stairs, "due to the risk of further falls from a dangerous, unstable section of rock above the walking track".

It remains unclear if this is the same portion of the track.

The National Pass walk attracts 90,000 visitors annually.

SafeWork NSW has been notified about the incident.

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