"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 Howard on February 2, 2014 at 3:36am

More on the unexplained localized tsunami in Norway on Jan 29. 

At approximately 4:30pm on January 29, the small Norwegian village of Nord-Statland was struck by a localized tsunami, which reports have suggested was as high as 15 meters. 

Boats, docks, parts of a road and a large workshop building was destroyed. Smolt plant was also badly hit by the water pipes to the facility was destroyed.

"We have already lost well over a million fish", says operations Odd Arve Halbostad.

Smolt plant is located onshore, producing both smolt and rainbow trout. 

"Before I came here today it was hard to imagine what it looked like, although I have seen pictures", said Mayor Steinar Lyngstad. "It is inconceivable that such a thing could happen".


How it looked in Kalvika and Sheer Skjæret before the tsunami hit:


The great tidal wave swept into the bay by the fjord, and destroyed boats, docks, parts of a road and a large workshop building. 








Comment by Andrey Eroshin on January 31, 2014 at 3:06pm
Comment by Tracie Crespo on January 30, 2014 at 9:18pm

http://www.newsinenglish.no/2014/01/30/landslide-and-flood-leave-of... via @norwaynews

Landslide and flood leave officials baffled

The county of Nord-Trøndelag was dealing with the aftermath on Thursday of yet another natural calamity that forced evacuations and left authorities puzzled. Geologists and technicians now think an undersea landslide set off a tidal wave of sorts that smashed into the small community of Nord-Statland.

Authorities were reviewing the wreckage that initially was believed to have been caused on late Wednesday afternoon by a landslide into the sea on the other side of the fjord. Police thought that sent a huge wave crashing into the small port. No one was injured but more than 50 people had to be evacuated.

On Thursday, a closer look into the damage indicated that the landslide itself couldn’t have set off such a reaction from the sea. Now officials at the state waterways agency NVE think an underwater landslide is to blame.

The damage occurred not far from where firefighters were battling a blaze that swept across the Flatanger peninsula. Police arriving at the scene west of the city of Namsos said the small coastal community looked like a battlefield itself, with damaged boats scattered at sea and several buildings destroyed or badly damaged. Some were only partially above the waterline. A car and several docks were also tossed into the sea.

One witness said the wave that crashed into the village was around 15 meters high (more than 45 feet). Officials were meeting with residents Thursday afternoon, to let them know when they may be able to move home.

Comment by Howard on January 29, 2014 at 11:36pm

Stunning video footage from a helicopter of the massive avalanche and subsequent ice dam that has isolated the town of Valdez, Alaska.

Comment by KM on January 29, 2014 at 1:26pm


Gone in 60 seconds: Huge boulders flatten 300-year-old house causing millions of pounds of damages

  • Drone captures dramatic effects of rockfall in Northern Italy
  • 4,000 cubic metres of rock crash into 300-year-old building


Amazing drone footage has captured the trail of destruction left by a rockfall in northern Italy.

Approximately 4,000 cubic metres of rock broke off a cliff face and then crashed through a barn and vineyards in Tramin on January 21.

One giant rock rolled through a 300-year-old barn destroying it completely before coming to an eventual stop in a field near a second boulder, which seems to have been dislodged in a previous rockslide.

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Destroyed: The boulders, some of which can be seen on the far right of this picture, tore down the hillside and destroyed part of this building

Destroyed: The boulders, some of which can be seen on the far right of this picture, tore down the hillside and destroyed part of this building

A third boulder rolled toward the main section of the building, stopping mere metres before crashing into it.

The property shown in the video is The Freisingerhof, which is owned by the Servite order of the Catholic church.

The manager of the estate Baron Philipp von Hohenbühel told South Tirol News that the rockfall has done millions of euros worth of damage.

No one was hurt in the landslide, which was reportedly caused by a rock tower in the cliff face dissolving.

The area has been evacuated of residents, as geologists fear there is still the risk of further rock falls.

Comment by Howard on January 28, 2014 at 5:11am

More on the avalanches isolating Valdez, Alaska - Jan 27

A massive pile of avalanche debris kept the Richardson Highway closed on Monday, and officials were reluctant to offer any forecast on when the only road into Valdez would reopen.

The threat posed by a half-mile long lake pooled behind a snow dam in Keystone Canyon, and continuing avalanche danger from the slopes above, make it too dangerous for crews to move in and begin cleaning up, officials said.

"There are just too many unknowns at this point," statewide maintenance engineer Mike Coffey said.

Valdez city officials have consistently said they expect the highway to be closed "for at least one week, but very possibly longer," according to city spokeswoman Sheri Pierce. The Alaska Department of Transportation had been more optimistic, saying on Sunday it could be re-opened as early as Tuesday.

But a flyover Monday showed the scale of the dammed water, Coffey said, and the State said the road is closed "until further notice."

The situation on the Richardson Highway, involving multiple avalanches on both sides of Thompson Pass, is "extraordinary," Coffey said.

"We haven't had to deal with anything quite like this before."

The largest slide is also the closest to Valdez, at Mile 16 of the highway in Keystone Canyon.

The avalanche debris field in the canyon is estimated to be 100 feet tall and between 1,000 feet and 1,500 feet long.

Highway officials say they've never seen an avalanche this large touch a roadway.

The other major slide is at Mile 39, toward the north end of the closure. It is estimated to be between 30-40 feet deep.

Between a half-dozen and a dozen smaller, isolated slides dot the highway closure area, between Mile 12 and Mile 64.



Comment by Howard on January 27, 2014 at 12:21am

Alaska Highway Buried Under Multiple Avalanches (Jan 24)

Things have gotten so bad on the mountain slopes of Prince William Sound that avalanches are not common -- they are constant.

"An avalanche technician (working in the area) told me that in Valdez, you could hear them coming down constantly," Jeremy Woodrow, spokesman for the Alaska Department of Transportation, said late Saturday evening. Woodrow added that the avalanche sizes and danger are among the worst the area has ever seen.

A 50-mile stretch of the Richardson Highway outside Valdez will remain closed until at least Monday as crews charged with clearing avalanche debris work to bring down unstable snow in Thompson Pass.

Multiple avalanches early Friday morning blocked the highway, effectively cutting off the town of Valdez by road. The slides measured several hundred feet long and between 30 and 40 feet deep, Woodrow said.

Crews spent Saturday dropping aerial explosives on chutes in hopes of averting additional slides. A crew was also delivered by helicopter to a stationary avalanche gun to blast more of the slide area, Woodrow said.

A new avalanche slid down the north side of Keystone Canyon on Saturday, Woodrow said. It measured between 1,000 and 1,500 feet long and between 60 and 70 feet deep.

By the end of the day, it was determined that the slide area was still too unstable for crews to enter the canyon and begin removing snow and debris. Blasting efforts will continue from dawn to dusk on Sunday, and the roadway will remain closed until Monday or Tuesday, depending on the weather, Woodrow said.

"It's one of the larger avalanche activities ever seen in this area," Woodrow said.

Water flowing from the Lowe River, which was dammed by slides at Mile 16, began receding overnight Friday. A flash flood warning and evacuation order issued earlier in the day was lifted for residents of Keystone Canyon on Saturday, as well as a voluntary evacuation order for those living in Alpine Woods and the 10 Mile area.

Independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker, his wife, and lieutenant governor candidate Craig Fleener expected to drive to Valdez for a campaign event Friday night. But after hearing of the avalanche in Keystone Canyon, they ended up on a plane instead.

Walker said in an email that they didn't see the avalanche itself from the air but noticed major portions of Mile High Mountain where snow had slid, leaving large brown dirt patches.

"We were told that on Thursday night in Valdez, residents were woken up when these in-town slides broke loose," Walker wrote. "They likened the sound to that of a jet engine."




Comment by Howard on January 26, 2014 at 11:51pm

Deadly Mudslide Sweeps Through Argentina (Jan 23)

A mudslide that swept through parts of northwestern Argentina has killed four people and left eight others missing.

It happened Thursday night in the Catamarca region, nearly 1200 kilometres from Buenos Aires.

Authorities evacuated about 600 people from their homes.

Soil and debris rushed through the villages of El Rodeo and Sijan pushing huge boulders into roads, vehicles and houses. One of them was a hostel accommodating tourists visiting a local festival.

Roads to El Rodeo have been blocked. The town has lost power and is running out of provisions.

The governor of Catamarca, Lucia Corpacci said she expects the death roll to rise.






Comment by Kojima on January 24, 2014 at 12:49am

* Huge landslide hits Britain's most beautiful beach [AOL Travel UK; 23 January, 2014]

A cliff landslide has crashed onto a Welsh beach that was last year voted the 10th best in the world.

Tonnes of rocks gave way and fell onto the Rhossili Beach in Gower, Swansea, which is owned by the National Trust.

Steven Campbell-Kelly, owner of the Rhossili Gallery and a volunteer for Rhossili Coastguard Cliff Rescue, told Aol Travel: "A collapse of a significant section of sedimentary cliff between Rhossili Beach steps and the main limestone cliffs occurred on 22 January.

"This has resulted in a collapse of a section some 200 feet long by 40 to 50 feet high. The upper section continues to crumble and I believe another significant collapse will occur within the next couple of weeks.

"This landslide occurred very close to the remains of old medieval Rhossili Village on the Warren, owned by the National Trust."

The three-mile stretch of white sand was named third in a list of best European beaches in a worldwide tourist survey carried out by Tripadvisor in 2013.

One traveller said: "Rhossilli Bay is stunning. The walks along the cliff top are breathtakingly magnificent - walk until you reach past the Visitors Centre and just look out to Worms Head - what a view."

And not only was it the top three in Europe, Rhossili Bay was also voted the 10th best beach in the world in a Tripadvisor poll.

Some people, however, had their noses put out of joint. Namely the Aussies. One Australian journalist even went so far as to write an entire article about why so many beaches Down Under were far worthier of the accolade, entitled "YOU'RE JOKING: This British beach is NOT better than ours".

But, as the South Wales Evening Post points out, the spot is regularly hailed for its stunning views in numerous best beach surveys.

However, authorities are now warning people to be vigilant for further landslides. Steve Jones, Swansea Coastguard rescue co-ordination manager, told the BBC: "We would urge members of the public to take extra care after all this wet weather.

"We now have evidence that we are getting these falls and we would ask people to be very cautious when they are out walking around cliffs."

Comment by Tracie Crespo on January 18, 2014 at 3:28am

Various landslides within last 24 hours...

Major landslide causes property and environmental damage in Great Bear Rainforest http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Major+landslide+causes+prope...

2 workers injured when landslide derails train in Italy


Landslides spark delays on Southeastern trains between Swanley and Chatham


Landslides cause traffic delays in Kodiak

http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/landslides-cause-traffic-... via @newsminer

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