"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 Mark on June 14, 2014 at 3:57pm

Texas cliffhanger: Luxury home left dangling after landslide


A luxury $800,000 (U.S.) Texas home perched on a lakeside bluff was poised to plunge into the water below on Wednesday after the ground under its foundation eroded and left it precariously balanced on a decaying cliff.

The house on Lake Whitney, about 120 kilometers southwest of Dallas, is perched about 23 meters in the air and being circled by a local TV news helicopter waiting to record its plunge into the water below.

A massive piece of land under the house fell into the lake on Tuesday night, neighbors told local media. Video footage shows about half of the house on the ground and half in the air, with a dangling air conditioning unit tethered to the structure.

The land started to give way in February, and since then about 50 meters of territory that separated it from the water’s edge has eroded, said Mark Wilson, the chief deputy for the Hill County Sheriff’s Department.

The owners, who use it as a second home, have abandoned the property while people are being kept away from it on land and in the lake below.

“When they built the house, it looked like a safe area, away from the bluff. There is just a lot of the bluff that gave way,” Wilson said.

Comment by Howard on June 9, 2014 at 3:54pm

Massive Landslide in Litochovice in the Czech Republic (June 7) 


Comment by Tracie Crespo on June 7, 2014 at 12:31am

Over 119,000 people affected by floods and landslides in Sri Lanka


June 06, Colombo: More than 119,000 people have been affected by floods and landslides in Sri Lanka, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said on Friday.

At least 23 people have been killed so far and one more is missing after torrential rains lashed the island for five days causing floods and landslides, mostly in Western and Southern Provinces.

According to the DMC, 119,546 people belong to 29,209 families have been affected while 18,285 people from 4,493 families have been housed in shelters.

The government has deployed security forces and relief workers to distribute food parcels and clear the affected areas.

The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) in coordination with district authorities is assessing the early recovery needs of the people affected by floods in several districts.

The SLRCS has identified providing access to safe drinking water, cleaning public places and ensuring living conditions are brought back to normalcy as most important areas to focus on.

SLRCS Branches in the affected areas are mobilizing volunteers to do the needful, the SLRCS said.

Kalutara, Galle, Ratnapura, Gampaha, Kegalle, Colombo, Matara, Kurunegala and Nuwara-Eliya are the districts affected.

The Red Cross has expressed concern with regard to the possible rise of vector-borne and diarrheal disease soon after a flood situation.

The DMC expects the flood situation to get worse closer to the southern coastal areas as the rivers, which flow into the sea from these areas are rising.

Comment by Khan on June 6, 2014 at 6:48am

">In Azerbaijan, there was a large landslide
June 5, 2014

">The residents of the area there was a large landslide.

As the BAKU.WS referring to the APA, party chief for the Study of exogenous geological processes Geological Expedition Planning National Geological Survey MENR Amiraslanov Sadiq said that the May 28 and 29 as a result of torrential rains and hail in the village of Ismayilli Zarnava on the road leading to ">village was recorded landslide.

The width of the landslide was 350-400, length - 500 meters.
">As a result, on the road leading to the village, there was a fault length of 8-10 meters.

The road to the village is completely blocked. ">From May 29 to the present day in landslide activity was observed.

">MENR experts yesterday conducted a study on the spot: "Yesterday, the territory was blocked by a landslide even footpath. Currently, there is a high landslide activity. Groundwater created puddles that every minute activates the landslide zone."

S.Amiraslanov noted that the landslide had no effect on private buildings in the village. ">According to him, there is currently no intervention in the area of ​​the landslide is impossible: "Just have to consider alternate routes to enter the village."

MENR representative noted that the area of ​​the landslide is active and expanding every minute.


Comment by Derrick Johnson on June 4, 2014 at 7:13am

Five die in Guatemala landslide caused by heavy rains

Sapa-AP | 03 June, 2014 09:04

Soldiers search for survivors in a landslide in San Pedro Necta, Guatemala in this May 31, 2014 handout provided by the Guatemala Army.

Heavy rains have killed at least five people in Guatemala, where authorities on Monday urged residents to take precautions because showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue this week.

National Office for Disaster Reduction director Alejandro Maldonado said a landslide set off by rain killed five members of a family over the weekend in the province of Huehuetenango.

He said the family's neighbors and rescue crews saved the family's dog after the animal was partially buried for more than 18 hours.

Several rivers have burst their banks and the drainage systems in at least four western provinces have collapsed. So far, authorities haven't reported any major flooding, Maldonado said.

The Education Department suspended classes in nine provinces for two days because of the rain coming from a weather system that became a tropical depression Monday.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the system centered about 210 miles (340 kilometers) south-southeast of the coastal city of Salina Cruz, Mexico, was likely to become a tropical storm between Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Mexican state of Chiapas, which neighbors Guatemala, had seen light to moderate rains for 24 hours and some landslides were cleared from roads in the state's mountainous areas, state Civil Protection spokesman Jose Aragon said. He said authorities would begin evacuating people Monday evening from coastal and low-lying areas next to rivers that are prone to flooding.

Source: http://www.timeslive.co.za/world/2014/06/03/five-die-in-guatemala-l...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 29, 2014 at 2:27am


16 feared dead in Swat valley landslide

16 feared dead in Swat valley landslide
Image via theguardian.com

May 28, 2014

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Sixteen people, including women and children, are feared dead in a road accident in the Swat valley near Utrot.

According to initial reports that reached Islamabad, a truck carrying three families who were en route from Punjab to Utror when the truck skidded into the Swat river near Utrot due to land sliding.

The Swat valley is located close to the Afghan-Pakistan border. With high mountains, green meadows, and clear lakes, it is a place of great natural beauty and is popular with tourists, being referred to as "the Switzerland of the region.”

Comment by Andrey Eroshin on May 27, 2014 at 11:41am
Comment by Andrey Eroshin on May 27, 2014 at 11:11am

05.05.14. There is some evidence that the is not the only significant landslide in Afghanistan in the last few days. Bilal Sarwary tweeted this image, from Mohammad Salem Wahdat, of another site, in Rustaq, Takhar, Afghanistan.

Comment by Howard on May 26, 2014 at 3:40pm

Three missing in 'unbelievably big' mudslide in Colorado (May 25)

Rescue teams are searching for three people reported missing after a large mudslide struck Sunday evening in western Colorado’s Mesa County that is estimated at 2 miles wide, 4 miles long and 250 feet deep.

The slide hit in a remote area near the town of Collbran, about 40 miles east of Grand Junction.

The area has not seen substantial rainfall but what little rain did fall on Sunday, and earlier this month, is believed to have contributed to the slide. While no damage was reported to any structures or roads, gas wells in the area were shut off, Weather.com reported.


“Nearby Grand Junction did pick up 0.42 inches of rain Sunday,” Jon Erdman, a meteorologist at Weather.com, said. “Another 1.05 inches of rain fell from May 10 to May 12. Higher totals atop Grand Mesa likely contributed to the slide.”

Rescuers raced to the scene when it was reported around 6 p.m MDT, but eased operations after nightfall, Mesa County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Lisa McCammon said.

There’s 'not a lot of activity tonight,' she said. The 'slide area is very unstable.' She said a daylight search was safer.

The department estimated the slide is about 4 miles long, 2 miles wide and about 250 feet deep in many places. An entire ridge was believed to have been sliding for most of the day

'This slide is unbelievably big,' Mesa County Lt. Phil Stratton said.

The sheriff’s office said that the person who reported the slide at about 6:15 p.m. 'described hearing a noise that sounded much like a freight train.'

"The slide came down with so much force and velocity that it came to a hill and went up and over a hill and then came back down -- a significant hill. So the power behind it was remarkable," the sheriff said.

The missing men, a county road worker, his son and another man went to check on damage Sunday from an initial slide near the edge of Grand Mesa, one of the world’s largest flat-topped mountains, after a rancher reported that his irrigation ditch had stopped flowing, Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey said.

Hilkey said no signs of the men or their truck have been found. The three missing people have been identified as 46-year-old Wes Hawkins, 53-year-old Clancy Nichols and his son 24-year-old son, Danny.

“Everyone on this mountain is praying for a miracle right now,” he said.

The search near the small town of Collbran has been hampered because only the lower third of the slide is stable. Even at the edges, the mud is 20 to 30 feet deep. It’s believed to be several hundred feet deep in some places.

Bill Clark, a cousin of one of the missing men, visited the canyon where the slide struck and said it was completely filled with mud. He said the slide struck with so much force that some also spilled over into the neighbouring draw.

I’ve never seen so much earth move like that in my life,” he said.

From a distance of about 10 miles, the slide looked like a funnel, narrowing into a culvert below. It cut a giant channel through trees. The creek that once gradually flowed down the ridge now spurted down like a waterfall. Roads in the area, where some cattle grazed, were muddy from rain.

“How in the devil could this happen?” said Collbran resident Lloyd Power, gazing out at the slide.

He said residents were praying for the missing. “That’s all we can do,” Power said.

A unified incident command has been established between Plateau Valley Fire Department and the Mesa sheriff, to handle the slide and search for the people possibly caught in it.

Roadblocks have been set up to keep people from the rural area. Conditions are described as “very unstable” by authorities.








Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 23, 2014 at 5:39am


Landslide closes highway near Arthur's Pass

Friday 23 May 2014 2:51p.m.

A section of State Highway 73 between Arthur's Pass and Otira is closed after what the New Zealand Transport Association (NZTA) has called a "massive slip".

NZTA's senior network manager Mark Pinner says a significant landslide has occurred over a large section of the highway as a result of heavy rain in the area over the last 24 hours.

“As the rock and material are still falling onto the highway, our contractors are unable to get to the slip to begin clearing it.”

Mr Pinner says with the amount of material on the road it is expected to take two to three days to clear the site.

“The alternative route for motorists is State Highway 7 through Lewis Pass.”

The landslide was caught on camera by 3 News iWitness Josh Solomon.

"The weather is so horrible around the area, avoid using Arthur's Pass if you can," he said.

Arthur's Pass is not the only part of the country to face blustery weather, with MetService warning of winds up to 150km/h throughout the upper South Island and Lower North Island this afternoon. Unsettled weather is expected to continue throughout the weekend.

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