"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 KM on February 20, 2013 at 2:22pm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2281322/At-people-including...

At least five people including two children feared dead after landslide sweeps over coal mining village in southern China

  • Estimated 5,000 cubic metres of rock fell on Yudong village
  • Those buried believe to be miners and their families
  • Rescue efforts hampered by continued rock slides

By Steve Robson

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At least five people including two children have been buried under a landslide which swept over a village near a coal mine in southern China.

An estimated 5,000 cubic metres of rock fell over six sheds in the Yudong village in Kaili, in the Guizhou province of China at around 11am yesterday.

Those buried were believe to be miners and their families who worked at a nearby coal mine.

Six sheds were buried in the landslide near the city of Kaili in southern China

Six sheds were buried in the landslide near the city of Kaili in southern China

Comment by Sevan Makaracı on February 18, 2013 at 10:42pm

33 houses buried in Davao landslide (Philippines)

Dozens of homes have been destroyed and hundreds of people fled after a landslide hit a Davao del Norte village, authorities said today.

The avalanche of loose earth buried 33 houses in three communities in the mountain village of Mambing in New Corella, Davao del Norte, Sonio Sanchez, provincial disaster officer, said.

At least 156 families were evacuated and are now staying at a village hall and provincial officials have sent relief goods for the affected families, according to Mayor Nestor Alcoran.

The mayor said experts from the Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau of the government's Department of Environment and Natural Resources have been sent to the area to conduct assessment as to the risk of more landslides.   Source

Comment by lonne rey on February 16, 2013 at 10:50am

St. Aventine (France). Three cars in a mudslide

A very bad surprise yesterday morning, three residents of St. Aventine. They had parked their vehicles in top of the village, on a temporary car park. The slope located above the parking place, collapsed and literally swallowed vehicles.

Leon Tine, the mayor of St. Aventine, said " I fear that we are not out of the woods. I have never seen this before, a mudslide at such a place! "

Source in French

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.

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