"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 Ovidiu Pricopi on February 25, 2018 at 1:56am

A landslide in Central Java Province, Indonesia, has left 7 people dead and 13 missing. 

Indonesia's disaster management authority, BNPB, said that the areas is still unsafe and land is still moving and there is a danger of aftershocks. https://www.sott.net/article/378176-7-dead-13-missing-following-lan...

Comment by KM on February 14, 2018 at 12:14pm


Horror on Mount Hood: Climber dies after falling 1,000 feet from Oregon's tallest peak and seven others are stranded for hours due to tumbling rocks and falling ice

  • A man died after falling up to 1,000 feet from Mount Hood in Oregon on Tuesday
  • At least seven others spent several hours stranded on the face of the mountain with tumbling rocks and falling ice
  • A group of four people were assisted by rescuers late on Tuesday 
  • Rescuers used a sled and a rope system to bring down a woman who said she was unable to move
  • A group of three other people descended on their own 

A climber has died after falling up to 1,000 feet from Oregon's tallest peak and at least seven others spent several hours stranded on the face of the mountain with tumbling rocks and falling ice.

The man fell from Mount Hood in northern Oregon on Tuesday and was airlifted to a Portland hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

By the time rescue crews arrived he was bleeding, had injuries to his face and his respiration was on and off. Authorities have not released his identity.

More than a half-dozen had been climbing near Mount Hood's 11,000 foot peak when they encountered the tumbling rocks and falling ice. 

One man died and at least seven others were stranded on Mount Hood in Oregon on Tuesday due to tumbling rocks and falling ice. They were rescued late on Tuesday

One man died and at least seven others were stranded on Mount Hood in Oregon on Tuesday due to tumbling rocks and falling ice. They were rescued late on Tuesday

Two groups of climbers spent much of the day stranded high on the slopes, but slowly made their way down the mountain.

A group of four people, which included a climber who had been hurt and was having difficulty walking, were assisted by rescuers. 

Rescuers used a sled and a rope system to bring down a woman who said she was unable to move. She arrived at the Timberline Lodge just before 8pm. 

A group of three other people descended on their own.

Randy Lee, 44, was descending from near the summit shortly before noon when he met a group of climbers who said their companion had just fallen some 1,000 feet.

'They said he tumbled. They said it looked like he was doing cartwheels,' Lee told Reuters. 


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 12, 2018 at 3:59am


Drone’s eye view: Massive landslide keeping road to Terwilliger Hot Springs closed east of Eugene-Springfield

12:00 a.m., Feb. 12, 2018

BLUE RIVER — The massive rock pile blocking the main route to Terwilliger Hot Springs would fill about 800 dump trucks.

A big roadwork job awaits, but the hard part of the predicament is figuring out where to put all the rock. Federal officials have two options: push the pile toward Cougar Lake below or haul the earth away, truckload by truckload.

Either way, the road to the popular warming pools, known by locals as Cougar Hot Springs, will be closed for about another six months, said Willamette National Forest spokeswoman Judith McHugh.

“It’s because of the safety risk above,” she said last week during a visit to the site of the impressive slide, continues.....


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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