"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 lonne rey on February 6, 2013 at 11:39pm

Cazaril-Laspènes. Landslide: the house collapses on its inhabitants

 A landslide caused rockfalls and destroyed a house. The slope collapsed and pushed the house to the river. There were no injuries but the occupants have lost almost everything. The scene is impressive: the mountain has smashed the door of the kitchen and literally bent the rear of the house, tearing the wooden slats. "It was about 22 hours on Monday night, frightened Catherine remembers. We were watching TV when I heard a huge crack like an earthquake. Windows were broken and we smelled a strong odor of gas. Then we wanted to leave the house but nothing could be opened! ". "I quickly turned off the gas and light, says Anthony, her husband. I tapped like crazy on the bedroom window untill it broke so we were finally able to leave the house. I thought for a moment that we would die. " One night the couple does not forget. They managed to contact firefighters which arrived on the scene about 23 hours. "The heavy rain and snowfall in recent weeks have softened the ground. The house is located in the town of Cazaril-Laspènes between the One and the pass road Peyresourdes. The slope collapsed and pushed the house to the river, "says Christian Mouret, the commander of the rescue center of Luchon. A tragedy for the couple who lost everything in just one night. "We live there for 35 years, I love it here. Now there is water everywhere, but summer is flowery, so pleasant. Firefighters were able to enter this morning and they were able to recover some cases, linen .... "Mayor Cazaril-Laspènes issued an order prohibiting access to the home. The couple took refuge with one of their three daughters.

Source in French

Comment by Howard on February 1, 2013 at 4:00am

Massive Landslide Damages Nearly 1000 Homes in SW China (Jan 31)
A large-scale landslide has collapsed 35 residential houses in mountainous Zhenxiong county in southwest China's Yunnan province, local authorities said Thursday.

Starting Monday, the gradually deteriorating landslide has affected the life of 712 villagers in Zhongtun township, according to the Zhenxiong county government.

The landslide also damaged 928 houses in the county.

As of Thursday, no casualties have been reported, and the county government has implemented a geological disaster emergency response to the landslide.

The local government has sent professional rescuers to the sites and assisted the affected villagers to remove to safe areas.

On January 11, a landslide killed 46 people in Zhenxiong county, which is about 550 km northeast of the provincial capital of Kunming.

Source

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2013-02/01/content_27856338.htm

Comment by KM on January 31, 2013 at 1:23am

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2270798/Holiday-chalets-wor...

Holiday chalets worth £200,000 each on edge of cliff facing destruction after series of landslides put them at risk

  • As many as 18 holiday homes have been damaged or have slumped towards the sea at Monmouth Beach in Dorset after heavy rain
  • Mud and earth slipped down the cliff moving the chalets which are now perched on a sloping cliff
  • The stretch of beach along Britain's Jurassic Coast has been deemed unsafe and closed to the public

By Tara Brady

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Luxury holiday chalets worth millions of pounds could fall into the sea following a series of huge landslides triggered by heavy rain.

Some 18 wooden chalets - which cost up to £200,000 each - have been damaged or have slumped towards the cliff edge at Monmouth Beach near Lyme Regis, Dorset, after 500 tons of mud and earth pushed the buildings forward during the landslides.

The steady deluge has built up behind the cabins which are now precariously perched on the sloping cliff, with one even tilted up at a 30 degree angle.

Disaster: The chalets at Monmouth Beach in Dorset are falling into the sea after huge landslides triggered by heavy rain

Disaster: The chalets at Monmouth Beach in Dorset are falling into the sea after huge landslides triggered by heavy rain

The landslide has rendered the stretch of Britain’s Jurassic Coast so unsafe it has been closed off to the public.

Lyme Regis Town Council, which owns the land, has also announced it will not renew the licences for 11 of the chalets and are asking owners to remove them as the area is no longer safe.

The buildings themselves are said to be worth up to £70,000 but the added value of the stunning location has seen some sell for as much as £200,000.

This means that £130,000 has now been wiped off the value of the 11 chalets.

One owner, who wished not to be named, said: 'Some people are covered by insurance and some are not. Luckily for us our property is.

'We are only allowed to insure it up to £70,000. The total value of ours was £200,000 so the rest of the value is the location and the ongoing licence.

Slump: This chalet worth £200,000 has been so badly damaged it could be pulled down before it falls into the sea

This chalet worth £200,000 has been so badly damaged it could be pulled down before it falls into the sea

Comment by Howard on January 28, 2013 at 4:09pm

At Least 7 Dead in Turkey Landslide (Jan 27)

At least seven people were killed late Sunday when a landslide invaded the pitch at an amateur football game in southeastern Turkey, engulfing players and spectators, local sources said.

Three others were injured and a fourth person went missing as sodden earth knocked over a wall at the football pitch in the city of Sirnak

Source

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Jan-28/204037-at-...

Comment by Howard on January 28, 2013 at 4:06pm

Landslide Strikes Philippines, Changes Course of River (Jan 27)

Dozens of families fled from their homes after a landslide hit a village in Maco, Compostela Valley on Sunday, authorities on Monday said.

Several houses were also washed away as a river in Mainit village “changed course” following the landslide past 7 p.m.,  according to Abel Dagoon, village chief.

At least 86 families were evacuated following the landslide, Senior Supt. Camilo Cascolan, Compostela Valley police chief, said.

A portion of a hill in Zone 1gave way, dumping large volume of rocks and earth to a river there, virtually diverting its course and flooding the community, said Dagoon.

“A crack (found after the 2008 landslide) might have collapsed already, causing this. We are still assessing the extent of damage (of properties). Fortunately, no one was hurt,” Dagoon told the Philippine Daily Inquirer by mobile phone.

He said a family composed of at least five people was briefly trapped after the swollen river changed course and flooded the community. They were eventually rescued.

The landslide on Sunday “dammed” the river, causing it to swell and flood the community, Raul Villocino, provincial disaster officer, said on Monday.

Villocino said Mainit was just across Masara, the village hit by the 2008 landslides.

Local officials had declared Masara a no-habitation area following the killer avalanches, but several former residents have reportedly returned and resettled there.

Dagoon said residents were evacuated early Sunday night as the downpour began, spending the night at the village hall, the village elementary school and at a chapel.

Compounding the residents’ problem was the lack of electricity in the area after last month’s typhoon had knocked out power lines there, the village official said.

Source

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/348337/dozens-of-families-flee-from-comp

Comment by Howard on January 27, 2013 at 6:57pm

Landslides Wreak Havoc in Western Indonesia (Jan 27)

Rescuers found four more bodies Sunday, bringing the death toll to 18 in multiple landslides in western Indonesia, including five geothermal workers, officials said.

In Agam district, in West Sumatra province, 15 houses were buried beneath mud and rocks, killing seven.

The worst landslides happened in Tanjung Sani of Agam district in West Sumatra province, where 20 houses were buried when mud and rocks fell from surrounding hills at dawn on Sunday, killing 11 villagers, said disaster official Ade Edward.

Hundreds of terrified survivors fled their hillside homes for tents on safer ground, fearing more of the mountainside would collapse

In the neighbouring province of Jambi, a landslide occurred in a drilling field owned by a state-run energy company. 

In a statement, PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy said that four of its workers had died, one remained missing and five had been injured.  Sixty workers survived the landslide, the firm said.

"The workers were having dinner when the landslide suddenly occurred."

Sources

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21218836

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/landslide-leaves-dead...

http://www.thesundaily.my/sites/default/files/thesun/Catalogue/INDO...

Comment by Kojima on January 26, 2013 at 11:43am

Landslide kills seven in Ecuador [NZweek; Souce:Xinhua Publish By Thomas Whittle Updated 25/01/2013]

QUITO, Jan. 24 — At least seven people were killed and 17 were injured by a landslide Thursday in Ecuador’s mining zone of Bella Rica in the southern province of Azuay, local authorities said.

Patricio Lopez, the mayor of Ponce Enriquez, told reporters the landslide occurred early in the day due to heavy rains, causing damage to two mines in the region.

The mayor said several miners may have been trapped in the mines and the death toll may rise over the next few hours.

Four homes have also been damaged and Ponce Enriquez has been left without electricity.

Rescue units are at the disaster site, which is located in a rural area accessible only on foot or by plane, local authorities said.

Ponce Enriquez has a population of more than 10,000 and most residents work in gold mining or agriculture.

The region was previously affected by landslides that killed several miners. Ten days ago, a Peruvian and an Ecuadorian died in another landslide in the same area.

Comment by lonne rey on January 25, 2013 at 12:10pm

25 January 2013

Another valley blocking landslide in northern Pakistan

Three years ago, In January 2010, a large landslide in Northern Pakistan caused enormous disruption.  The landslide at Attabad, with which this blog was closely involved, remain unresolved, such that it affects the daily lives of thousands of people.

The ever-impressive Pamir Times, and various other newspapers in Pakistan, are now reporting another valley-blocking landslide in the same region, this time at Shigar in Skardu District.  This area is shown on the map below – according to Google Earth Shigar is in the valley above Skardu:

Source

Comment by lonne rey on October 16, 2012 at 10:23am

16 October 2012

An intriguing landslide from Bulgaria

 

The Sofia News Agency carried a report and picture yesterday of a landslide on the coast near to Kranevo on the Black Sea in Bulgaria.  The image is shown below:

 

The commentary in the article states:

“The strip covered by the landslide is about 2 km, while the fishermen village near the shoreline is the most affected. The road leading to the water is completely destroyed with some of the fishermen trailers buried by the land mass.  Eight people have been temporarily blocked, but have already managed to leave.

The Buildings and trees have been rotated to lean inland, suggesting a rotational landslide

Source

Comment by Kojima on August 16, 2012 at 6:42am

Cameroon: Landslide in Akwaya, no Death [allAfrica]

The Director of Civil Protection Cabinet at the Ministry of Territorial Administration led a technical team alongside local officials in a visit to the site

The Governor of the South West Region, Bernard Okalia Bilai on Monday August 13 evening, convened a crisis meeting in his office premises, following a landslide that occurred in Kakpenyi quarter of Tinta village, Akwaya Subdivision. The major resolution of the impromptu meeting was the expression of government's determination to assist the victims. As such, measures are underway to provide the local population with food and other basic necessities, especially those injured as a result of the disaster.

Talking to the Divisional Officer of Akwaya, Austin Ayuni Sakah in Buea CT gathered the following. He explained that the quarter head of Kakpenyi in Tinta village sent an envoy to Akwaya Town on Thursday August 2. According to the informant, on Sunday July 29, the villagers heard unusual sounds like gun shots, accompanied by earth tremours. The situation continued till Wednesday August 1 afternoon, when they heard loud explosions from a nearby mountain followed by a heavy flow of rocks and soil down the slopes of the mountain. The descending rubble destroyed everything on its path, burying farms and trees, before ending up in a valley where two rivers (Ohongimbi and Kakpenyi) meet. The debris equally blocked the regular water flow of the two rivers and developing in a lake. The main road from Mamfe to Akwaya through Kakpenyi was completely cut off. As a result, all those using this stretch have to go through Atolo village. Some villagers working on their farms were wounded either from rocks flowing from the mountain or in the course of fleeing from the danger. But no human loss has been registered. The main crops destroyed include cocoa, palms, kola nuts, bush mango, banana, pineapples, and beehives, amongst others.

The Divisional Officer and his close collaborators visited the site the next day, Friday August 3. The only access is by foot, summing to about three hours trek. A meeting was convened in the quarter hall to probe into the matter. As a result, the identification of 21 persons whose farms were destroyed was done as well as that of 23 injured persons needing medical attention. It was also revealed that the explosions were frequent and mostly provoked by rainfall leading to heavy landslides. The affected area is about 500 metres wide and one kilometer long while the air is heavily polluted with the stench of gaz. Kakpenyi has a population of 267 inhabitants with 88 houses and 48 house heads. Some of the frightened population has moved to nearby villages for their safety.

At press time, the Director of Civil Protection in the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation, Nnana Jean Pierre led a technical team to the site on Saturday August 11. An evaluation of the scene revealed it was a landslide and not an eruption as believed by many. Jean Pierre Nnana equally offered financial assistance to the farmers who had lost their farms; and a medical team was stationed in Kakpenyi for at least three weeks to attend to the patients, while measures are underway to ensure the population's safety from subsequent crises. Meanwhile the population has been urged to remain vigilant and avoid treading on the affected areas, till further notice.

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