"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 August 30, 2013 at 7:55pm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2406871/Landslide-Huge-clif...

Landslide! Huge cliff collapse caught on camera just half a mile from seaside town

  • Chunk of cliff falls 200ft and crashes into sea near Sidmouth, Devon
  • Local residents say cloud of red dust covered town afterwards
  • Area is prone to rockfalls but they are usually less dramatic

By Jennifer Smith

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A huge section of cliff crashed into the sea at a popular resort, covering holidaymakers and residents in a cloud of red dust.

The rose-coloured rocks fell 200ft after the massive landslide, half-a-mile from the town of Sidmouth in Devon.

The area on the Devon coast is prone to landslides, with some residents worrying their homes will soon be next.

Holidaymakers and residents were shocked to see the rock falling from the cliff and into the sea

Holidaymakers and residents were shocked to see the rock falling from the cliff and into the sea

Locals first knew of Wednesday's landslide when they heard a massive rumbling sound coming from the cliff face.

They looked up to see a huge chunk of rock plunging into the sea while throwing up a towering dust cloud.

The slip occurred near properties at the notoriously unstable Pennington Point, where homes edge ever closer to the sea with each collapse.

Richard Thurlow, chairman of campaign group Save Our Sidmouth, said: 'It was a fairly major one, quite immense.

The red dust which was sprayed from the cliff covered local properties and eroded residents' gardens

The red dust which was sprayed from the cliff covered local properties and eroded residents' gardens

'Outside my home, which is half a mile away, a fine red dust was deposited on all the flat surfaces

Comment by Howard on August 30, 2013 at 5:23am

Landslide Resembling Waterfall Buries Highway in S. China (Aug 29)

Although blamed on rain, this looks more like a cascade of dry dirt and rock.

"The traffic in the Du'an City section of the national Highway 210 in south China's Guangxi region was completely handicapped by a landslide.

At the section in Jiangcheng Village, Gaoling Town, the mud and rocks covered the highway for dozens of meters. No vehicles or people were hit.

The stranded vehicles stretched for around three kilometers, as the section is one of the most important roads connecting Guangxi and southwest China. The landslide site was cordoned off dozens of meters away, banning entry.

http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/395429/28/Landslide-cripples-highw...

Comment by Kojima on August 30, 2013 at 2:47am

Hunting Landslides with Landsat [Earth Observatory: 30 August 2013]

If a landslide occurs in a remote mountain range but nobody sees or hears it, does it matter? Unequivocally yes, says Columbia University geophysicist and landslide specialist Colin Stark. Even when they occur in remote areas, large landslides can dam rivers and lead to devastating downstream floods.“It’s especially critical that we monitor ‘catastrophic’ landslides—fast-moving slides that involve more than a million tons of debris,” Stark says. “These are the most dangerous landslides, but they often go undetected.”

Stark is working to change that. Along with colleague Göran Ekström, he has pioneered a new method to detect landslides by analyzing seismic waves—the vibrations that radiate through Earth’s crust because of sudden movements of rock, ice, magma, or debris. Stark and his colleagues used the technique to locate the landslide shown in the satellite images above.

Automated earthquake detection systems are tuned to monitor intense, “short-period” waves produced by sudden slips along tectonic faults. Landslides produce seismic waves as well, though their short-period signal is weak. Instead, they make powerful long-period waves that are sometimes detectable at great distances.

Stark and Ekström are developing a computer algorithm to scan seismographic data specifically for the long-period waves associated with landslides. They started by applying their technique to historical data. As the pair detailed in a study published in Science, their approach detected about ten large landslides that occurred between 1980 and 2012 that did not register on standard earthquake-monitoring systems.

In July 2013, Stark and Ekström had an opportunity to test their technique in real time. On July 25, one of Stark’s colleagues, Clément Hibert, noted a possible landslide event in southeastern Alaska. Stark’s initial analysis of the seismic data suggested the slide occurred in eastern Alaska and had a mass of about 20 metric tons (44,000 pounds). However, seismic data alone could not tell the researchers exactly where the slide had occurred, only that it happened within a 25 square-kilometer (10 square-mile) area in the Wrangell Mountains.

That’s where satellites proved critical. When Stark informed the NASA Earth Observatory about the possibility of a slide, EO staff checked the imagery acquired by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on NASA’s Landsat 8 satellite. Within a few days, they located the slide.

The landslide occurred in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park at 61.978° North latitude and 143.168° West longitude. Since the landslide is difficult to make out in the true-color OLI image below, the location has been highlighted in yellow. Click on the image to see how the landslide looks without yellow highlighting.

See also; 

http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blogs/smoldering-mountaintop-in-...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 26, 2013 at 5:45pm

http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/102774/8378211.html

Hospital hit by landslide in SW China (2)

(Xinhua)    17:22, August 26, 2013

Part of the hospital is damaged by the landslide in Yiliang County, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Aug. 26, 2013. A landslide occurred on Monday morning at a hill behind the People's Hospital in Yilang, which damaged part of the hospital. Patients and residents in the surrounding area were evacuated and no casualties were reported. (Xinhua/Peng Hong)

Comment by Tracie Crespo on August 21, 2013 at 11:08pm

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2013/08/22/2003570278

Trami brings heavy rain, landslides

Heavy rainfall brought by Tropical Storm Trami disrupted transportation systems yesterday, causing hundreds of people to evacuate their homes and triggering landslides in some parts of northern Taiwan.

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) warned that Trami could bring a massive amount of rain to the mountainous areas in central Taiwan, including those in Greater Taichung, and Nantou and Chiayi counties. Each area could see accumulated rainfall of more than 1,100mm (43 inches). An equal amount of rain could also fall in the mountainous areas of Greater Kaohsiung and Hsinchu, Miaoli and Pingtung counties.

The bureau also warned that the storm could produce “cloudbursts” — more than 100mm (4 inches) of rain per hour — in some areas.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on August 20, 2013 at 12:15am

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Landslides+bury+vehicles+follow...

Landslides kill at least 15 following heavy rains, flooding in southern China

 
 
 
 

BEIJING, China - Heavy rains brought by a typhoon triggered landslides in southern China that buried homes and vehicles and killed at least 15 people, officials said.

Nine people were reported killed in Hunan province, and six in Guangxi, where vehicles were covered in mud and rocks along a mountain highway, local flood control offices said.

The deaths come after three people died Sunday in a landslide near the Guangxi city of Wuzhou.

Rains brought by last week's Typhoon Utor have caused severe flooding across Hunan, Guangxi and neighbouring Guangdong province, where 22 people have died and eight were missing in flooding since Friday.

In China's northeast, separate flooding has affected millions of people, with torrential downpours Saturday causing the Nei River to overflow near the city of Fushun, sweeping away homes, roads, and utilities and leaving 54 people dead.

Flooding hits China each summer, but heavy rains have brought greater than usual levels of destruction in some areas.

Comment by Howard on August 18, 2013 at 6:49pm

Chaos in Guangzhou Railway Station as 80,000 Stranded by Landslide (Aug 18)

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Trains to and from Guangzhou Railway Station were suspended on Sunday after landslides blocked a major line linking the Guangdong capital and Beijing, Southern Metro Daily reports.

Guangzhou Railway Corporation, which operates the station, was unable to say when train service would resume.

An estimated 80,000 passengers will not be able to board their trains and passengers were warned not to come to the station.

The incident has dominated conversation on Weibo, as delayed passengers expressed their frustration while more fortunate netizens simply shared photos and marvelled at the huge crowds/queues/chaos.

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Southern Metro Daily

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1297667/deadly-floods-crippl...

Comment by Howard on August 12, 2013 at 3:11am

Landslides Bury 5 Villages in Eastern Uganda (Aug 10)

Landslides yesterday afternoon covered up five villages in parts of Bushiyi Sub-county in the eastern Bududa District.

A huge mass of soaked soil broke off from uphill, knocking down trees and toppling houses on its path in the third such blanket punishment by Mother Nature in the same district. In 2010, landslides flattened villages in Nametsi Parish, burying an estimated 350 residents. And where tragedy struck yesterday is close and adjacent to Nametsi.

The Sunday Monitor was told some 17 badly-injured survivors had been admitted to Bududa Hospital. One person was confirmed missing, the district chairman, Mr John Bosco Nambeshe, said.

Yesterday’s 3pm landslide which severely affected five villages in Namurumba, Bushiyi and Matuwa parishes, followed three days of heavy downpour and hailstorms that Uganda Red Cross Society secretary general, Mr Michael Wataka, said had earlier destroyed at least 10 homes and vast crop fields.

Preliminary estimates showed some 3,000 people were displaced and in immediate need of assistance, although up to 10, 000 of those living on the foot of Mt Elgon may eventually require relocation.

Many survivors were reported stranded on one of the high-risk villages cut-off by River Manafwa that burst its banks.
Government last evening said it was unable to evacuate the survivors using helicopters as requested by local leaders. Maj Gen Julius Oketta, the disaster and relief coordinator in the Office of the Prime Minister, advised them to move to safer areas uphill.

“I have told them [Bududa leaders] to tell survivors to move away from the river bank and relocate to higher areas that are safe,” the General said. “They should at this time forget about rescuing personal property in the house because they first need to keep alive.”

Dozens of survivors were last evening spotted with mattresses and other salvaged household items on their heads, and trekking perilously to the safety of their relatives’ homes. Some hesitated, preferring they would rather die on their fertile ancestral land to which they profess a sturdy bond.

According to Wanjusi Kalisto, a local elder, it had been raining daily since Thursday but yesterday’s intensified downpour, which began falling around midday, combined with heavy hailstorm to wreak the nastiest havoc.

Vast gardens of coffee, banana and maize remained blanketed white with hailstones as dense cumulonimbus clouds drifted in the mountainous expanse, a warning sign of likely more rains and associated hazard. A recent hazard mapping by Uganda Red Cross Society, the National Environment Management Authority and Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, indicated a deepening uphill fissures running several kilometres across Mt Elgon ridges, potentially considered a trigger for landslides.
By press time, an emergency response team comprising police, UPDF soldiers and Uganda Red Cross volunteers led by Manafwa River Basin project manager Tumuwa Wanambwa was reported on ground to help in rescue efforts.
Officials said it was still too early to ascertain the extent of the damage, or how much resources would be required to restore normalcy.

The director general in the ministry of Health, Dr Ruth Aceng, last night dispatched a team of different health professionals to Bududa to do on-the-ground assessment and determine first-line of emergency response.
The Sunday Monitor understands both the government and other humanitarian agencies were considering supplying survivors with water purification tablets and household items as well as tarpaulins, as a temporary measure as discussions continue about their resettlement.

The landslides also left more than 5,000 children stranded. This was after destruction of their schools in the Bushiyi Sub-county, Bududa District.  The structures of the schools were reduced to rubble after being hit by boulders.

In 2010, the attempt to shift Mt Elgon area settlers to Kiryandongo District in Bunyoro suffered a setback after the survivors of the Nametsi landslide complained of improper shelter, lack of land as well as food and water in the new settlement, with hundreds returning to the landslide-prone homes voluntarily.

Yesterday’s disaster struck after the government announced it had released Shs8 billion for leaders in Bugisu sub-region to identify land for resettlement of the previous landslide victims after they preferred to relocate within the area so they can be able to cultivate their rich soils.

Sources

http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Landslides-bury-five-village...

http://www.africareview.com/News/5000+children+stranded+as+landslid...

Comment by jorge namour on August 10, 2013 at 4:17pm

NEW ZEALAND 30/07/2013

Aerial sweep reveals major cliff collapses

Earthquakes have caused cliffs along the Marlborough coastline from the Vernon Bluffs towards Lake Grassmere to subside and fall into the sea.

The slumps were photographed by GNS senior engineering geologist Graham Hancox who flew over the area last week.

"There are places where the ground has moved downwards 10 to 15 metres on cliff tops," he said. "These are significant movements of massive parts of ground."

Cracks appeared 5m to 10m back from cliff edges.

Debris which fell from the top of the Vernon Bluff east of the Wairau Lagoon had run down a gully and into the sea.

Areas of cliff had also failed between Mussel Point, at the end of Marfells Beach, and Cape Campbell, quite close to the London Hill fault.

These were relatively small landslides because they did not happen in an epicentre area and the quakes were not very big. However, the damage indicated what might occur with a larger event.

Coastal Marlborough cliffs mostly made up of Tertiary and Cretaceous Periods mudstone and sandstone could fall if strongly shaken, he said.

Seddon was the most vigorously shaken town in the recent quakes because it was closest to their epicentre, Mr Hancox said. However, people in Ward felt them most strongly because of the area's geology with bands of soft material alternating with harder ridges.

"This might not be finished," he said. "We are still in a waiting game."

There was a substantial gap between the Christchurch quake in February 2011 and the next big one in June.

"Always expect the worst and hope for the best," he said. Continue...

CHANGING LANDSCAPE: A slice of cliff has fallen into the Awatere River opposite Black Birch.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/8979714/Aerial-swee...

Comment by Howard on August 10, 2013 at 2:33pm

Devastating Mudslide Hits Northern Japan (Aug 10)
Pictured are the shocking scenes of devastation in northern Japan this morning after a massive mudslide killing six people.

At least eight buildings were destroyed by one mudslide in Senboku, Akita prefecture, which was triggered when about four inches of rain fell in an hour yesterday - a local record.

The Japanese Meterological Agency has issued evacuation warnings to residents and it's understood that at least 300 people have been forced out of their homes.

Dozens of soldiers and police have since been combing the area near Lake Tazwa in Semboku, looking for dead and survivors following the massive mudslide.

Pictures from the scene show the twisted wreckage of homes, tree branches and trunks buried underneath several feet of mud.

Rescue workers have been wading knee deep in the mud, using sticks to help them, in a bid to reach survivors.

Source

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2388654/Dramatic-mudslide-s...

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