"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 Tracie Crespo on January 17, 2014 at 2:10am

http://www.skynews.com.au/world/article.aspx?id=942463

Floods, landslides kill 16 in Indonesia

Updated: 04:39, Friday January 17, 2014

Floods, landslides kill 16 in Indonesia

Floods and landslides killed 16 people and left at least two missing in Indonesia's North Sulawesi province, an official said on Thursday.

Floods triggered by days of heavy rain have hit six districts and towns in the province this week and displaced more than 40,000 people, said Noldy Liow, the head of the local disaster management agency.

An unknown number of people were believed missing after a hill caved in and the mud slammed into motorists in the town of Tomohon on Wednesday, Liow said.

'Witnesses said cars and motorcycles were thrown into a 50-metre deep ravine when the landslide hit them,' Liow said.

'They were trapped in a traffic jam because of flooding when the incident happened.'

The provincial capital Manado and the neighbouring town of Tomohon were the worst hit, he said.

Floods and landslides are common during the rainy season in Indonesia.

At least four people were killed this week as floods hit parts of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta

Comment by Tracie Crespo on January 15, 2014 at 2:21am

Flooding, landslides close roads in Prince of Wales Island - January 14, 2014

http://www.adn.com/2014/01/14/3273570/flooding-landslides-close-roa...

The record amount of rainfall that pounded Southeast Alaska overnight downed power lines, washed out roads and triggered flooding and mudslides on Prince of Wales Island, troopers said.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for streams and small rivers on the island as well as elsewhere on the Panhandle, including Juneau and Ketchikan.

On Prince of Wales Island, south of Sitka, washed out roads and culverts and knocked at least one cabin off its foundations, said Beth Ipsen, Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman. Three communities -- Hollis, Coffman Cove and Whales Pass -- were cut off from the rest of the island by the floods.

One landslide blocked traffic on Klawock Hollis Highway at Harris River Road, and knocked a nearby cabin over, Ipsen said. She said the owner of the cabin was standing outside his home at the time of the slide and was not hurt.

A second mudslide blocked Coffman Cove Road between miles 22 and 23, Ipsen said. A photo posted on the troopers' Facebook page shows a pile of fallen trees on the roadway.

Rushing water also washed out the road between Whales Pass and Naukati, Ipsen said.

"Travel is not advisable as roads have already been hindered or made impassable in parts of the island," the troopers said on Facebook.

For anyone planning to venture out, Ipsen cautioned: If there's any water on the road, don't drive into it.

"You could get swept away," she said.

No flooding-related injuries have been reported, troopers said.

The warnings came as Tuesday emerged as one of the wettest January days for the region in decades, forecasters said.

Since midnight, a total of 4.01 inches fell in Sitka, said Kimberly Vaughan, a forecaster with the National Weather Service office in Juneau. That eclipsed the previous record for the day, set in 1965 at 3.23 inches.

The Tuesday total also marked a daily record for the entire month of January, Vaughan said. The previous record of 3.85 inches was set in 1963.

Melting snow and winds blowing up to 44 miles per hour accentuated the flooding's impact, Vaughan said.

The Southeast storm is different from the fast-moving series of tempests now headed for Southcentral Alaska.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on January 15, 2014 at 2:18am

Mindanao floods, landslides death toll up to 23 - January 14, 2014

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INTENSE FLOODING. Residents walk over a makeshift bridge passing flood waters caused by a landslide after heavy rains in Marayag Village, Lupon town, Davao Oriental. Photo by EPA/Ritchie TiongcoINTENSE FLOODING. Residents walk over a makeshift bridge passing flood waters caused by a landslide after heavy rains in Marayag Village, Lupon town, Davao Oriental. Photo by EPA/Ritchie Tiongco

MANILA, Philippines – The death toll from floods and landslides brought by a low pressure area that struck towns in Mindanao has risen to 23, based on reports from disaster response officials.

At least 14 were also reported missing.

Eight were killed in Davao Oriental, 6 of them killed in a landslide in Bangol, Tarragona: Ramil Legaspi, Niño Madindin, Alfredo Moses, Roy Baron, Misael Cabales, and Boy Arenas. The other two were killed in another landslide in Tagum City and flooding in Lupon town.

Five were killed in Compostela Valley due to landslides or drowning. Among them was 2-year-old January Ann Aquino, who died of drowning in Babag, Monkayo, and 6-year-old Jenemae Gonzales, who died in a landslide in Mt Diwata, also in Monkayo.

Six were killed in Dinagat Islands also because of landslides.

Four were killed in Agusan Del Sur (1), Zamboanga Del Sur (2), and Zamboanga Del Norte (1).

These are the same areas hit by Typhoon Pablo 2012.

Missing

At least 14 were reported missing: Compostela Valley (6), Davao Oriental (1), Agusan del Norte (1), Surigao Del Norte (1), Zamboanga Del Sur (3), and Zamboanga Del Norte (2).

The Saug River and the Libuganon River dams, both in Davao del Norte, overflowed, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) report. Irrigation dams in Cateel, Davao Oriental, were damaged due to flooding.

About 40,000 families or nearly 200,000 persons were affected by the LPA. A total of 34 roads and 17 bridges were reported not passable as of Tuesday morning.

http://www.rappler.com/nation/47939-death-toll-lpa-january14

Comment by Tracie Crespo on January 13, 2014 at 4:36pm

Mudslides halt passenger trains north of Seattle

By Associated Press  Monday, January 13, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) - Heavy weekend rains sent mudslides onto Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks north of Seattle, affecting passenger train traffic.

Spokesman Gus Melonas (mel-OWN’-us) says one slide hit tracks south of Everett at 5:15 p.m. Sunday and another at 11 p.m. Sunday at Mukilteo.

Crews were able to clear the tracks for freight trains but Amtrak and Sounder commuter trains are on hold until 11 p.m. Tuesday for a 48-hour safety moratorium. Rail passengers will be bused.

Melonas says this is the first such moratorium this winter. There were dozens on the track last winter in Western Washington due to mudslides.



http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/13/landslide-halts-amt... 

Comment by Tracie Crespo on January 13, 2014 at 4:20am

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Massive-landslide-threatening-ho...

 

Massive landslide stranding residents, threatening homes

 

IINDEX, Wash. - A massive mudslide in Index, near Sunset Falls, continues to threaten homes and residents fear the cost to clean-up the area will be one they can't afford.

"Wild places like this involve turmoil. The earth is constantly changing," said resident Jeff Smith who lives on Mt. Index Road that is now buried under debris. The road is the only way in-and-out and residents are stranded.

"My wife's having a baby," said resident Cameron Elias. "We sent her out a couple days ago because the road was too unpredictable and her water broke (on Sunday)."

Elias couldn't get his vehicle out of the neighborhood on Sunday afternoon so he called a friend for a ride to the hospital.

"He's lucky I got the call because I looked at my cell phone and he was calling. I was like 'Oh, man' - the football game was on," said Elias's friend Troy Jett.

The massive slide started four weeks ago - trees and mud are still tumbling down and it's making it difficult for crews to get the area cleaned-up.

"It does make you a little apprehensive but there's always risk involved in things like this," said resident Jeff Smith.

Aerials from a drone show the extent of the damage and how much the landslide is threatening homes.

"I think the first impression you have is how large it is because you can't see it all from the ground and you see how many hundreds of tons of Earth got moved suddenly, said Smith.

When the wall of mud started crumbling it also brought down power lines. Residents said the hillside is too unstable for utility crews to make repairs so they're living without electricity.

Residents believe the clean-up on this private road will exceed the funds in their homeowner's association so they're now asking for emergency funding from the state.

Despite their concerns about the mess on Mt. Index River Road, some resident said it's a trade-off for living there.

"It's the price we pay for the beauty we behold," said Elias.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on January 12, 2014 at 12:05am

Severe rains trigger landslides, floods in Latin America

Published time: January 07, 2014 11:18

Severe rains trigger landslides, floods in Latin America

Heavy rains slammed parts of Bolivia and Peru over the weekend, leaving two people dead and thousands of families affected by flooding, authorities said. Local media reports say at least 8,000 families have been affected by the deluge. The government has declared a state of emergency for 60 days in the Amazonian city of Quellouno, where a river overflowed and caused a mudslide that damaged some 70 homes and left hundreds homeless, according to local media reports. Local weather services have predicted heavy rainfall in the Andes and Amazon regions for January.

http://rt.com/in-motion/peru-landslides-bolivia-flood-269/#.UtHNQM7...

Comment by Tracie Crespo on January 11, 2014 at 11:53pm

One hurt, hundreds flee in Mindanao landslides

One hurt, hundreds flee in Mindanao landslides

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Xinhua) - At least one person got injured and hundreds fled as a low pressure area (LPA) hovering over southern Philippines triggered landslides and flooding there, local officials said today.

Several houses were also destroyed as parts of a gold-rich mining village in Monkayo, a town in Southern Philippine province of Compostela Valley, were hit by two landslide incidents today, Chief Inspector Jed Clamor, regional police spokesperson for Southern Mindanao, said.

At around 2 a.m. today, a five-year-old boy sustained injuries in a landslide occurred in the mining community of Mt. Diwata, Monkayo. Another landslide hit the area around 9 a.m., destroying a house but causing no further injuries, Clamor said.

Quoting local police officials, Clamor said 247 families were also preemptively evacuated in five municipalities in Compostela Valley as moderate to heavy rains spawned by a LPA pelted the province and many parts of Mindanao since Thursday night.

Evacuations were also reported in towns in other areas of the region, he added.

The Philippine Department of Transportation and Communication today noon announced at least 37 domestic flights were canceled due to the bad weather, even as the LPA was moving sluggishly some 680 km from Mindanao's General Santos City, bringing rains while the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration still monitoring if the bad weather system could develop into a tropical cyclone.

http://shar.es/9F7L3

Comment by Tracie Crespo on January 5, 2014 at 6:27pm

http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=179904&cat=1005&a...

A landslide that blocked Dart River has caused flooding and created an unstable natural dam that may be at risk of breaking.

5 January 2014 

A landslide has blocked Dart River in Otago, causing flooding upstream and a natural dam that could break at any time.

Officials are warning people to avoid the area after the slip, which happened on the river near Glenorchy, northwest of Queenstown, about midday on Saturday.

It posed hazards for trampers, campers and boaties the Department of Conservation and the Queenstown Lakes District Council said on Sunday.

There was extensive flooding at Dredge Flat, upstream of the slip, and trampers have to detour 2km through forest to get around flooded parts of the track, said DOC's senior ranger of conservation services at Glenorchy, Richard Kennett.

The river flow had dropped to minimal levels because of the damming effect upstream, but there was a constant risk pressure behind the slip will force a surge of water through.

This would put anyone in the river below in danger.

Harbourmaster Marty Black said boaties, kayakers and other recreational users should stay out of the Dart River until further notice.

DOC is strongly advising people to defer trips on the Rees Dart circuit until the hazard has been fully assessed and more information is available.

GNS Science experts were assessing the slip and extent of the hazard.

Dart River Jet Safaris tourist jet boat trips were suspended while the situation was investigated, a Dart River spokeswoman said.

The landslide happened at Sandy Bluff, about 10km above Chinaman's Bluff.

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/queenstown-lakes/287428/jet-boats-return-...

Comment by Mark on January 5, 2014 at 10:46am

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Comment by Howard on January 2, 2014 at 12:37am

A massive rock slide in West Virginia and another destructive landslide in the UK divides village in two.

Rockslide Closes West Virginia Highway (Dec 27)
A massive rock slide that pulverized and covered a large portion of W.Va. 3 in western Raleigh County caused a scramble Friday evening as state and Department of Transportation representatives worked to formulate an emergency operations plan and strategy for clearing the blockage.

Three gigantic boulders -- one estimated to tip the scales at approximately 3,000 pounds -- broke loose from the mountainside and crashed across Coal River Road between Sundial and Pettry Bottom just before 5 p.m. Friday.

The Department of Transportation says a section of W.Va. Route 3 in Raleigh County will remain closed for at least 10 days while crews remove the rockslide from the road.

Sources

http://www.firehouse.com/news/11287265/wva-crews-adjust-after-massi...

http://www.wchstv.com/newsroom/eyewitness/131230_22001.shtml

UK Village Divided After Road Collapses During Landslide (Dec 25)
A landslide over Christmas has split the village of Calstock in two.

The Army is on standby to help residents in Calstock cut off by a landslide.

Essential supplies like fuel and food may be ferried on the river which runs alongside the village on the Devon and Cornwall border.

Resident Iris Scoble: "We are definitely trapped in the village."

Source

http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2013-12-30/cornish-village-is-s...

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