"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 Starr DiGiacomo on September 8, 2013 at 6:39pm

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/massive-landslide-in-arunachal-due-to-ra...

Massive Landslide in Arunachal India

September 8, 2013

With improvement in the weather, the water level of major rivers in Eastern Arunachal showed a receding trend even as West and Upper Siang districts in the state remained cut off due to massive landslides triggered by torrential rain. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on Saturday undertook an aerial survey of the affected areas accompanied by Chief Secretary Hari Krishna and Secretary, Disaster Management, Kapa Kholie, officials said on Sunday. Reports had poured in of the Noa Dihing River rising over danger level and inundating portions of Dumpani and four other villages under Diyun circle in Changlang district. Massive landslide in Arunachal due to rainfall, 2 districts remain cut off At least 13,246 people of eleven villages have been affected by the current wave of flood. Landing at Diyun, Tuki took first hand report of the situation from local Legislator C C Singpho and officials of the district administration, sources said. The swollen river has triggered landslides in at least seven villages while about 85 hectares have been submerged in five villages, they said. Another five villages are under danger of being affected if the river continued to be in spate or proper preventive measures are not taken up immediately, sources said. To a plea for adequate fund to tackle the situation urgently, the chief minister announced an amount of Rs 2.5 crore for emergency protection works, particularly at Dumpani village, and directed Secretary, Disaster Management, to release the same to the district administration by Monday. Meanwhile, the district administration has provided 10,000 gunny bags to villagers for erection of temporary embankments/bunds at vulnerable locations. At least ten families living near the river bank have been directed to shift to safer locations and necessary assistance is being provided to them for relocation. The chief minister also took an aerial survey of all affected areas at Namsai, Chowkham, Mahadevpur and Tezu in Lohit district, Roing and Dambuk in Lower Dibang Valley and Mebo and Pasighat areas in East Siang district. At Pasighat, he was apprised of the flood situation by the district administration officials. The rising waters of Siang River have been causing concern for the people of the area and an alert has been sounded by the administration. An official of the Border Road Organization assured Tuki that the eroded approach to Siku Bridge on NH 52 between Pasighat and Mebo would be restored soon. While appealing to the people to remain vigilant, Tuki requested the Union Home Ministry to send a team to survey and assess the damages caused due to the flash floods. He also directed the district administrations to keep in stock enough ration items and medicines besides keeping men and machinery ready to tackle any eventuality

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 2, 2013 at 8:54pm

http://www.himvani.com/news/2013/08/29/devastating-landslide-tirah-...

Devastating landslide at Tirah Lines – Dharamshala

August 29, 2013

Ffifteen army houses were razed to ground and over a dozen houses were badly damaged as a massive landslide struck the area. The houses were mainly of ex-servicemen. The incident took place at Tirah Lines which is almost 5 kms from Dharamshala.

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There was no loss of life as people moved to safer places as soon as they got to know about this. The news went viral. In no time army reached the place and helped the victims. Mrs. Parvati, a resident of the place said, “Army men followed by Himachal police, home-guards, people from taxi stand and nearby areas helped us in tough times”.

The place was later visited by Mr. Sudhir Sharma, who overlooked the situation and promised to help the victims. At that time, victims were residing in tents in army area. But now, government has provided them with apartments in I&PH colony at Darnu, which is few kilometers from Dharamshala. This accommodation is provided to them for the next one year. The Government also promised to provide all the families with a monetary compensation of Rs. 3 lakhs and land in Molly, Khanyara.

The victims are trying hard to get back on track, but are still facing some problems. There are nearly two families residing in each apartment which is provided by the government. They are also facing problems to cook food for themselves because of shared kitchens. Mr. S.R. Thapa says, “Many of our belongings are still lying at our damaged houses, and we can not even bring it because the accommodation is very small”. Though transportation facility was provided to them to move to other place, still they could not bring all of their things.

On the whole the victims are happy with the help provided by the government and the local masses.They are hopeful that the government will fulfill its promises.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 1, 2013 at 6:42am

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-01/taiwan-boulder-car-video-land...

Massive boulder narrowly misses car during landslide in Taiwan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wWuH7MIeCA

A driver has narrowly escaped being crushed beneath a massive boulder that tumbled across a road in Taiwan during a landslide.

A camera mounted on the dashboard of a second vehicle travelling behind the car captured the dramatic moment when the landslide hit the road and the boulder, several times the car's size, crashed down, stopping within metres.

Heavy rain has triggered a series of mudslides across Taiwan.

The near-miss took place on the island in Keelung City.

Rocks began shifting at the top of a hillside, and the video - posted on YouTube - shows the drivers below apparently oblivious to the danger until debris started raining down.

Elsewhere, 19 people were injured in a train derailment.

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...

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