"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 November 29, 2017 at 6:19am

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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.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 29, 2017 at 5:42am

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It has happened again: Second slip in Auckland's Birkenhead car park

Another slip as torn away part of Birkenhead's Rawene Rd car park, and it's creeping closer to businesses.

The kerb that joins the Rawene car park access road to the pavement is split apart like a broken zipper. The slip is visibly a lot steeper in appearance compared to the initial slip in October but not as deep.

Auckland Transport's Mark Hannan first announced there had been another slip via media release on November 28 at 5pm.

Engineers coordinate inspections and safety measures.
Danielle Grant

Engineers coordinate inspections and safety measures.

This morning, Hannan said there was no overnight movement of the site following the second slip.

At least 10 engineers were on site on Wednesday morning.

This morning, Hannan said there was no overnight movement of the site following the second slip.

At least 10 engineers were on site on Wednesday morning.

"Building inspectors have assessed surrounding properties and there continues to be no indication of a risk to those properties," Hannan said.

The kerb joining the road to the pavement is split apart like a broken zipper.

The kerb joining the road to the pavement is split apart like a broken zipper.

"Specialists are continuing to monitor the site and stabilisation work has been paused while the impact of the second slip is being investigated.

"In the interest of public safety, pedestrian and vehicle access to private car parks via the slip road is now prohibited."

Hannan said a piece of equipment, which is described as similar to a platform, fell about three metres. Hannan confirmed no-one had been injured.

A second slip hits Birkenhead, a little over a month after the October incident.

Kaipātiki Local Board chairwoman Danielle Grant was at the slip this morning.

Grant said the board was waiting for geotechnical reporting and a stabilisation plan to gain a better understanding of the next steps. 

"The main thing businesses are after, at the moment, is clear and ongoing communication."

'ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN'

Claire Balfour, chairwoman of the nearby Mokoia Apartments body corporate, said residents were concerned about the significant drop in the car park when it first appeared almost three weeks before the slip happened.

She said the asphalt had originally been poured onto unstable land without a retaining wall and was "an accident waiting to happen".

Auckland Transport has defended its management of the gaping hole that has appeared where the car park used to be.

AT's chief infrastructure officer Greg Edmonds said the car park had washed away into the gorge below it following "pretty significant rains" over the past 12 months.

Edmonds said AT had been monitoring the site for 12 months and it took appropriate action when the crack appeared, closing part of the car park and fencing it off for public safety.

Comment by KM on September 28, 2017 at 12:55pm

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Horror at Yosemite: One dead and one injured after rocks 'the size of an apartment building' tear off of famous El Capitan mountain and bury climbers

  • The rockslide occurred at 1.55pm at Yosemite National Park in California on Wednesday 
  • Climber Peter Zabrok said he watched 100ft by 100ft pieces of granite fall
  • He narrowly avoided death but watched in horror as it buried others below
  • Emergency services are still working to remove people from the rock face 
  • Zabrok told DailyMail.com the sound was like 'a thousand freight trains derailing at once - but louder' 
  • Around 30 people were feared to have been following the popular El Capitan route when the rocks fell  

One person is dead and another has been injured in a rockslide at Yosemite National Park.

It happened on the popular El Capitan hiking route at 1.55pm on Wednesday afternoon.

Around 30 people were feared to have been climbing on the rock face at the time. 

Survivor Peter Zabrok, who spoke to DailyMail.com on Wednesday night as he made his way back to base, narrowly avoided death. 

He had just climbed above the piece of the rock which tore off when he watched from a 'birds eye view' as it fell away, crashing down on others beneath him and his climbing partners. 

A deadly rockslide occurred at Yosemite National Park in California on Wednesday, killing one and injuring at least one other. It is shown above as it happened at 1.55pm on Wednesday 

A deadly rockslide occurred at Yosemite National Park in California on Wednesday, killing one and injuring at least one other. It is shown above as it happened at 1.55pm on Wednesday 

'We were climbing the route where the rockfall occurred and we got a bird's-eye view of the rockfall. 

'I observed a 100 foot by 100 foot by 100 foot piece of granite peel off and fall 2000 feet to the ground. It was the size of an apartment building' he said. 

Zabrok said the sound of the fall was like 'a thousand freight trains derailing at once but louder'. 

'There were two people walking at the base and the appeared to get hit and completely buried. 

'We are past it and we are safe. Had we been underneath it we would have died for sure. I give thanks to God and my Saviour Jesus Christ,' he said. 

The fall trigger three smaller slides, he said, which left emergency workers in danger. 

'There have been three subsequent enormous rock falls and this rescuer is in tremendous peril,' he said, immediately after the first one.  

Comment by KM on September 13, 2017 at 9:18pm

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Melting permafrost flows like lava through Tibetan Plateau 

Impressive footage has emerged of melting permafrost slowing churning up grassland on the Tibetan Plateau. 

The video, filmed in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in China's southwestern Qinghai Province on September 7, shows mud and grass being churned up in a process known as solifluction phenomenon.

It happens because permafrost is impermeable to water - any soil on top of it may become waterlogged and slide downslope due to gravity. 

Several families and a farm were affected by the incident. 

The farm has had to relocate.

 


 

Comment by Yvonne Lawson on September 10, 2017 at 4:08pm

Swiss glacier collapses after hundreds evacuated

Swiss glacier collapses after hundreds evacuated

Part of the Swiss alpine glacier Trift in the country's south collapsed on Sunday, but caused no damage or casualties and residents evacuated from the area can return home, police in Valais canton said.
More than 220 people living in the ski resort of Saas-Fee had to leave their homes on Saturday as authorities feared a collapse of the glacier could trigger an ice avalanche which could reach the village.
 
The lower part of the glacier collapsed early Sunday but did not reach the houses, allowing residents to return and for a local road to reopen, though hiking trails remain closed, police said in a statement.
 
Geologists had recently noticed significant movement along the "tongue" of the Trift glacier, up to 130 centimetres in a single day, local authorities said.
 
"There remains only about a third" of the unstable tongue of the Trift glacier, police said, adding that the area is under surveillance and "the situation will be continually reevaluated."
 
The glacier had been under observation since October 2014, when the area was closed for three weeks. With a return to colder temperatures, the situation stabilised and the access ban was lifted.
 
But since the start of the week, movement had increased on the lower part of the glacier.
 
In late August, a massive rockfall triggered an avalanche which buried eight hikers in another valley in the Swiss Alps, near Bondo.
Comment by Tracie Crespo on September 5, 2017 at 2:10am

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Heavy rains lash West Sikkim, several areas affected

Gangtok, Sep 4 Heavy rains lashed several parts of Yuksam in West Sikkim during the past few days causing landslides and severely damaging roads in the area.

Normal Life was affected in Yuksam as heavy rains led to landslides across Yuksam-Dubdi GPU. Heavy damage to roads, houses and other infrastructure was reported from several places in Yuksam.

The Yuksam Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) has alerted residents living at vulnerable areas like landslide prone zones and advised them to move to safer locations.

Landslides have been reported from almost the entire stretch of Yuksam Subdivision, Yuksam SDM Sonam R Lepcha said.

Gangtok, Sep 4 Heavy rains lashed several parts of Yuksam in West Sikkim during the past few days causing landslides and severely damaging roads in the area.

Normal Life was affected in Yuksam as heavy rains led to landslides across Yuksam-Dubdi GPU. Heavy damage to roads, houses and other infrastructure was reported from several places in Yuksam.

The Yuksam Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) has alerted residents living at vulnerable areas like landslide prone zones and advised them to move to safer locations.

Landslides have been reported from almost the entire stretch of Yuksam Subdivision, Yuksam SDM Sonam R Lepcha said.

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Landslides kill 2, injure 7 in Vietnam's northern mountains

By Phuong Son   September 4, 2017 | 10:12 am GMT+7
Landslides kill 2, injure 7 in Vietnam's northern mountains
Local authorities visit the injured victims at the hospital. Photo courtesy of Yen Bai Newspaper

A 8-month-old child and her mother perished.

Heavy rains lashed the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai late Sunday, triggering landslides that killed an 8-month-old child and her mother and injured 7 other people.

The local authorities have provided the families of dead victims with VND5 million ($220) each and the injured VND3 million each. They are also scrambling to evacuate landslide-prone households. 

Heavy rains and flash floods also hit Yen Bai last month, killing 14 people and washing away hundreds of homes.

https://www.kcaw.org/2017/09/04/landslide-closes-halibut-point-road...

Landslide closes Halibut Point Road in Sitka

Approximate location of the slide, which occurred at around noon today. (KCAW image)

UPDATE – 1:30 p.m. Monday, September 4

Officials in Sitka have closed Halibut Point Road at the rec to assess a landslide which occurred in the 4300-block at around noon today (9-4-17).

No injuries or property damage have been reported as a result of the slide. Some residences in the vicinity of Vallhalla Drive have been evacuated as a precaution.

Local authorities are in direct communication with KCAW. We’ll keep you posted as more information about this event becomes known.

UPDATE – 1:15 p.m. Monday, September 4

Authorities in Sitka have closed Halibut Point Road from the rec and beyond to assess a landslide that crossed the highway around noontime today (Monday 9-4-17).

There’s no word yet of any damage or injuries, or the extent of the slide. The Sitka Fire Department has been in direct contact with KCAW. We will update you as more information becomes available.

https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/landslide-obstructs-vehicular-m...

Landslide obstructs vehicular movement along Besishar-Chame road se...

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Police is seen walking along the Chame-Besishar road section, blocked by landslide at Arghalebesi in Lamjung district, on Monday, September 4, 2017. Photo: Ramji Rana

LAMJUNG: The vehicular movement along the Besishar-Chame road section has been halted due to landslide at Arghalebesi in Lamjung Marsyangdi Rural Municipality-3 in Lamjung district.

After the landslide, the road connectivity with Manang district have been disconnected since yesterday morning.

Chairperson of the Marsyangdi Rural Municipality Arjun Gurung said vehicular movement would be halted for couple of days as boulders of landslide with huge stone had blocked the road.

He further said up to 40 metres of rock have cascaded onto the road.

Khudi Police Post in-charge Sub Inspector Nawaraj Bhattarai said vehicles plying via Rambazaar, Syange in Lamjung to Manang district have been stranded on the road. “It will take at least couple of days to clear landslide debris as rocks are too big in size,”.

Vice Chairman of Marsyangdi Rural Municipality Hom Bahadur BK said landslide swept away walking trails and people have been taking risks while walking in the area.

Meanwhile, Road Division Office Damauli field engineer Gautam Kumar Shrestha said preparations are underway to open the blocked road and traffic would resume by Tuesday.

He further said an excavator will be used in coordination with the local administration as JCV failed to clear the landslide debris and crack huge stones.

Acting Chief District Officer Tirtha Bahadur Adhikari has urged the chief of Road Division Office to open the road in earliest.

“Its been more than two decades the track was opened to connect Chame, district headquarters of Manag, however, the road has not been upgraded where the locals are compelled to make a perilous journey along the road,” locals lamented.

Meanwhile, vehicles would take at least 8 hours drive along the 65 km road from Besisahar of Lamjung district to reach Chame in Manang district.

Comment by Howard on August 29, 2017 at 5:39pm

More on yesterday's massive landslide in southern China: 

An enormous rockslope failure occurred at 10:40 am August 28 at Zhangjiawan Township, Nayong County. 

The slide buried 34 houses; seven people were recovered alive but injured. 

Although there are 3 known fatalities with 32 people missing, the likelihood of any finding other additional survivors is vanishingly small.

Over 2,000 people, including police, firefighters and medical staff are at the scene and more than 80 emergency vehicles, 20 life detectors, 17 digging machines and 8 drones are involved in the rescue work.

This appears to be a massive rockslide, with a fair amount of toppling as the landslide developed.  Unusual for a non-seismic slide, the failure seems to have developed from the ridge crest and then to have entrained debris from lower on the slope.  The result is a landslide with a morphology that is more reminiscent of an earthquake-induced slide.

The trigger for the landslide remains unclear.

Sources

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/28/c_136562990_4.htm

http://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2017/08/29/zhangjiawan-landslide-1/

Comment by KM on August 28, 2017 at 2:26pm

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One dead, 37 missing after landslide hits city in southern China

Map of China

BEIJING - A landslide Monday buried dozens of homes in southern China, killing one person and leaving 37 missing, the local government said.

The side of a mountain crashed down on the homes of 34 families on the outskirts of the city of Bijie around midday, the Guizhou provincial government said on its microblog.

It said rescue teams had been dispatched along with tents, blankets and other emergency supplies.

There was no immediate word on the cause, although southern China has been battered in recent days by a pair of typhoons bringing heavy rain that can saturate soil and destabilize steep land.

The storms caused more than a dozen deaths in the casino hub of Macau and southern China's Guangdong province over the last week.

Mountainous Guizhou is one of China's poorest provinces and the provincial government estimated losses at more than 5.1 million yuan ($768,000).

Comment by jorge namour on August 24, 2017 at 4:28pm

Eight missing after Switzerland landslide

August 24, 2017

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/24/europe/switzerland-landslide/inde...

(CNN)Eight people were reported missing Thursday after a landslide hit the Swiss town of Bondo, local police said.

The landslide occurred Wednesday morning and the missing are from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Helicopters and rescue services were leading the search for the missing on Thursday.
Bondo is located in the southeastern Val Bondasca area, near the Italian border. The town was evacuated after the landslide, and residents have not been able to return to their homes, according to a police statement.

Moment landslide hurtles towards Swiss town

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 21, 2017 at 7:43am

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