"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 Yvonne Lawson on Thursday

How Britain's homes are slipping into the sea: Residents in Norfolk, Kent, East Sussex and Essex fear their clifftop houses could topple into the water or over cliffs at any moment amid fears recent storms are speeding up perilous coastal erosion

Homes across Britain are sliding into the sea as the cliffs beneath them rapidly erode away - amid fears recent storms are speeding up perilous coastal erosion.  

Families in Norfolk, East Sussex, Essex and East Yorkshire are terrified that their houses could plunge hundreds of feet into the water at any moment as the nation's weather becomes increasingly unpredictable due to climate change

More than 2,200 houses are predicted to be lost by the year 2100, with coastal communities in Cornwall, Cumbria, Dorset, East Yorkshire, Essex, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Northumberland, Norfolk and Sussex most at risk, according to Rightmove. 

A house pictured today in Folkestone, Kent, which has been left perilously close to a cliff edge following a major landslide

A drone photo taken today that shows what remains of the garden of Dr Ralitsa Hiteva in St Leonards, East Sussex

SKIPSEA: On the Holderness Coast, dozens of second and holiday homes on the Skipsea Sands caravan park are now within 20ft of the 60ft drop down to the rocks

1. Happisburgh, Norfolk 318 feet (97m)
2. Kessingland, Suffolk  230 feet (70m) 
3. Hornsea, East Riding of Yorkshire  223 feet (68m) 
4. Withernsea, East Riding of Yorkshire  200 feet (61m) 
5. Sunderland, Tyne & Wear  131 feet (40m) 
6. Filey, North Yorkshire  131 feet (40m) 
7. Camber, East Sussex  131 feet (40m) 

Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13136037/homes-slipping-se...

Comment by Yvonne Lawson on December 12, 2023 at 6:11am

Huge landslide on Isle of Wight, UK sees around 20 homes evacuated just two weeks before Christmas - as police tell locals to stay away

  • Images show the devastation caused by the unexpected landslip at Bonchurch 

Some homes have been left perilously close to the edge of the ridge after part of the area collapsed

Council officers are still assessing the risk of further landslips after the incident on Sunday night on the south coast of the Isle of Wight

A huge landslide on the Isle of Wight has left dozens of people homeless in the weeks before Christmas - with some houses inches from total destruction.

Aerial photographs show the devastation at Bonchurch, near Ventnor on the island's southern edge.

Huge chunks of the cliff have collapsed, with some homes perilously close to following them down the ridge towards the sea - prompting the mass evacuation by council officers and police.

The collapse, which happened at 9.20pm on Sunday December 10, saw a cafe, car park and toilet destroyed.

Roads have been closed and locals have been told to avoid the area while council officers assess the risk of further landslips.

Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12852129/huge-landslide-Is...

Comment by Derrick Johnson on July 10, 2023 at 6:48am

Massive landslide forces 12 families to evacuate from their 'visibly leaning' homes next to a canyon in LA as SoCal Edison shuts off power and gas company rushes to the scene

  • A dozen homes in the LA suburb of Rolling Hills were evacuated as they appeared to be on the verge of collapsing into a nearby canyon
  • Police, fire and utility company officials were on scene Sunday morning to assist with the evacuation of 16 residents who had 20 minutes to grab belongings
  • Residents in the area say they noticed cracking and popping sounds starting Thursday and by Sunday night the homes were essentially destroyed

A dozen homes in a Los Angeles suburb were evacuated on Saturday night after the houses appeared to be on the verge of collapse and about to tumble into the canyon behind them.

The foundations of homes situated along Peartree Lane in Rolling Hills Estates in LA County suddenly shifted following a major landslide.  

Police, fire and utility company officials were on the scene Sunday morning to assist with the evacuation, which saw a total of 16 residents being forced to flee their homes. 

SoCal Edison shut off power in the area, and Southern California Gas Company crews were called in to make sure no gas lines had ruptured.

Residents in the area reported they started hearing cracking and popping noises as early as Thursday. The neighborhood was first built in 1978 and had been solid until this weekend.

'We thought something was amidst because all through the day and night we heard cracks in the house,' said one evacuated, Weber Yen. 'And then, you know, the frequency became more and more frequent.' 

By Sunday afternoon, LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn said the homes on Peartree Lane were 'completely destroyed.'

'This is just devastating for these residents,' she said.

The ordeal began when cracks were discovered in one of the homes, which then saw crews investigating other nearby structures. 

Unfortunately, the damage appeared to spread from one home to the next leading all 12 to be evacuated.

'They discovered cracks along the structure of one building, and upon further investigation they realized that there were some cracks running through one home specifically, and it was progressing to the next home,' LA fire Captain Chiyoshi Hasegawa told KTLA

'We got additional specialists to assess the situation, and after assessing the situation we realized there were 12 homes that had received damage either inside of their home or outside of the structure.'

'I was up actually, most of the night, worrying about what's going to happen,' said Mimi Borg to ABC 7. 'They told us that they would knock on our door if we had to be evacuated.' 

One woman who lives on the street but whose home was not affected because it sits on the side opposite the canyon explained how she was woken up by the commotion.

'I was sleeping…[I woke up to] a lot of noises and fire trucks, I was very concerned,' she said. 'Then I was up most of the night worrying about what's going to happen.

'My home is fine; we are on the ocean side…it's the canyon side that's having the problems. They told us they were not going to [evacuate us] if they didn't need to,' she added.

No injuries were reported. Geologists are now conducting an investigation into what caused the landslide. 


Comment by KM on June 29, 2023 at 3:13pm


4 dead, 900 evacuated after landslides triggered by flash floods in southwest China

Four people have died and three others are missing after landslides hit a county in China’s southwestern Sichuan province, leading authorities to evacuate more than 900 people

China Landslide
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, rescuers work at a landslide site in Miansi Township of Wenchuan County in southwestern China's Sichuan Province, Tuesday, June 27, 2023. Several people were found dead..

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Four people died and three others were missing after landslides hit a county in China’s southwestern Sichuan province on Tuesday, leading authorities to evacuate more than 900 people.

The landslides, triggered by flash floods, occurred in Miansi and Weizhou townships in Wenchuan county, according to the county’s emergency management bureau.

More than 400 rescuers searched for missing people after the landslides hit early Tuesday, state media said. Four people, including a couple from Miansi township, were found dead later on Tuesday, while three others remained missing, according to official broadcaster CCTV.

More than 900 people in the area were evacuated, Xinhua news agency reported.

Wenchuan county was the site of a devastating earthquake in 2008 that claimed at least 69,000 lives, according to the Chinese government.

China is experiencing extreme weather patterns, with heavy rainfall in southern regions and record-breaking temperatures in the north including in the capital, Beijing.

Comment by KM on June 12, 2023 at 3:02pm


Videos: Massive Austrian Alp summit crumbles to the ground during giant ridge collapse – Fluchthorn/Galtür lost 100 meters (328 feet) elevation within seconds!

On Sunday afternoon, at around 3:20 p.m., huge masses of rock broke off from the north-western flank of the southern Flüchthorn massif. Impressive amounts of rubble collapsed in a loud roar. According to first estimates, the summit is now around 100 meters lower after the landslide.

Boulders also thundered in the direction of Jamtalhütte. However, the refuge itself was not damaged. According to first indications, there are neither injuries nor damage. The police and the mountain rescue service assume that at the time of the collapse there were no people on or directly below the Flughorn.

The first (left) video in the Tweet is the same as that above. The second video (right) shows you the extent of the collapse. The mountain lost an amazing 100 meters or 328 feet in elevation!

Nothing is known about the cause of the landslide. The snowmelt has picked up speed in recent weeks: This in combination with the frequent thunderstorms, may have destabilized the mountain flank. A lot of meltwater and rainwater is perfectly normal at this time of year. There is no indication that climate change is behing the giant rockslide.

This is the result of the amjor ridge collapse a bit below:

100 meters (328 feet) elevation lost in seconds

The Flüchthorn is located in the border area between Austria and Switzerland and belongs to the Silvretta, a well-known alpine region with many mountains over 3000 meters. At 3,398 meters, the southern summit of the Flughorn was the second highest peak in the Silvretta after the Piz Linard (3,410 meters).

According to first estimates, the summit is now around 100 meters lower after the landslide. A new summit cross can probably not be attached for the time being, as further collapses are imminent.

A nearby mountain, the Kleiner Piz Buin (3255 meters), is also at risk of a giant landslide. The mountain is therefore under close observation and there are discussions about relocating the normal ascending route. A nearby Alpine Club hut was closed in winter due to the high risk.

Comment by Yvonne Lawson on May 16, 2023 at 8:00am

'It is a question of a few days or a couple of weeks before the side of the mountain will fall': Rocks and debris come crashing down and threaten to completely collapse and DESTROY Swiss village

Pictured: An overview of the village of Brienz and its church in front of the zone of rockslide, eastern canton of Graubunden, Switzerland, May 11, 2023. The village has been evacuated as officials anticipate disaster

This is the dramatic moment rocks and debris hurtle at speed down a mountain threatening to engulf an entire Swiss village below.

Several boulders broke free from the top and came crashing down in a stomach-churning crescendo of noise that echoed across the picturesque valley.

Plumes of dust were thrown into the air as the rocks - cartwheeling as if in a cartoon - rolled down the slope and headed to the now evacuated village of Brienz.

Swiss authorities are preparing for an 'imminent' danger for a village that lies at the foot of a mountain where two million cubic tons of rock threaten to engulf it.

Residents and livestock were ordered out of Brienz in central Switz... because of the impending danger and a total exclusion zone is now in force.

Swiss authorities have ordered residents to abandon a tiny mountain village in the eastern canton of Graubunden because of fears it could soon be buried beneath the collapsing mountainside, seen looming over the village

Officials have said the area is now moving from the 'red' phase into the 'blue' phase of the emergency where an 'event that may endanger the village is imminent'.

A stark warning on the local regional council website read:' The blue phase means ' Stay away from the entire Brienz slide area. An event is imminent.'

Today civil protection chiefs and police manned roadblocks at all access points to the picturesque village which has breathtaking views over a nearby valley.

MailOnline watched as just before 2pm local time several boulders slipped down the side of the Lenzerhorn mountain and came crashing down, sending dust into the sky.

A deafening roar could be heard as the huge rocks bounced downwards at a frightening speed towards the centre of Brienz which was obscured by trees.

Christian Gartmann, a spokesman for the local Albula-Alvara council told MailOnline:' Since the total evacuation of the village on Friday we have detected a movement of around 15 cm a day, of the mountain towards Brienz.

'The situation is very dangerous and although we have no idea when the side of the mountain will fall it is imminent and a question of a few days or a couple of weeks at the most.

'That's why the village has been completely excavated - there are no people left there and there is no livestock, the place is deserted, and it has to be because of the situation. At the moment we are in the red phase but we are preparing for a possible move into the more dangerous blue phase.'

Brienz lies at 3,800ft above sea level and is just 40 minutes from the town of Davos which holds the yearly World Economic Forum - a power meeting of world leaders and business chiefs.

Officials say that a 'handful' of houses in Brienz have already been damaged by subsidence and that the most likely outcome is the rockfall will be in small chunks.

However Mr Gartmann said there was a '10% chance' the entire mountainside - two million cubic tons - could come down on to Brienz pulverising everything in its path.

Read more and video :  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12085957/Rocks-debris-come...

Comment by Derrick Johnson on January 24, 2023 at 6:38am

Shocking video shows the moment a massive section of a cliff collapses and crashes onto beach below in San Diego

  • Video captured the moment part of a cliff broke off onto a beach below
  • The incident happened at Black's Beach in San Diego, California 
  • One estimate says the volume of the collapse is 150,000 cubic yards 
  • A local geology professor said the collapse is the most severe in 40 years 

Stunning video captured the moment a massive section of a cliff broke off and fell onto a San Diego-area beach. 

The incident happened on Friday around 2.45pm when reports were called into local law enforcement about a 10-minute landslide involving major portions of the cliff. 

According to a geology professor who spoke with local media, the collapse is the most notable and significant cliff failure in 40 years. It's unclear what caused the collapse but recent rain and other climate concerns could be contributors. 

Estimates say the volume of the collapse is around 150,000 cubic yards.

The professor said the collapses are most common from December to January and can be caused by a myriad of issues impacting beaches and shores. 

'High sea cliffs, waves eating at the bay, gravity pulling on it constantly, less sand on the beach in the winter, highest tides -- all those things increase the probability of cliff failures,' he said. 

California's recent rainfall totals, brought on by a series of atmospheric rivers, could have also played a factor in the collapse. 

It's a fact that is worrying some residents who live nearby and enjoy hitting the beaches out of fear of a repeat incident. 

'It's kind of concerning, I'm scared to go down there still,' said one woman who spoke with NBC 7 about the collapse. 


Comment by KM on November 27, 2022 at 3:52pm


Deadly landslide tears through Italian island of Ischia

A number of people are feared to have been killed after a mudslide triggered by heavy rains swept away homes on the island of Ischia, near Naples.

The torrent of mud and debris dislodged trees, engulfed buildings and dragged cars into the sea as it reached the coast early on Saturday.

The body of a woman was reported to have been found under the mud, and several other people are still missing.

Dozens of homes are cut off, with bad weather hampering rescuers.

Resident Lisa Mocciaro told Ansa news agency: "We started hearing loud thunder at about 03:00 (02:00 GMT), then the first landslide came down, followed by a second one around 05:00. It was horrifying."

Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi told reporters the situation was "very complicated" and that the people missing were believed to be trapped under the mud. Up to 155mm (6.1in) of rain fell over the course of six hours.

Damage wreaked by the mudslide, including destroyed houses

The mudslide dragged debris and trees down the mountains towards the coast of the island of Ischia

Heavy rains have been battering Campania, the region surrounding Naples and Ischia, for several days. A weather warning for rainfall and strong winds is in place until Sunday.

On Thursday, two people were killed due to bad weather in the region. An Argentine tourist drowned after being swept into the sea during a coastal storm, while a man was struck by lightning on a beach.

Local authorities are urging residents to stay home to avoid hindering emergency services.

Earlier, Infrastructure Minister Matteo Salvini said eight people had died in the landslide, adding: "From north to south, this country needs to be protected because it is the most beautiful country in the world."

But the interior minister later said that no deaths had yet been confirmed.

Like nearby Capri, Ischia, in the Tyrrhenian Sea, is a popular holiday destination for tourists and Italians alike. Ischia featured in the popular book series Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante and was the backdrop to the 1999 film The Talented Mr Ripley.



Comment by Tracie Crespo on October 29, 2022 at 2:27am


Floods and landslides in Philippines' south kills at least 42 people

Posted17 hours ago, updated 12 hours ago
People in life jackets are rescued in a boat in a flooded river.
Philippine Coast Guard rescuers evacuate residents from their flooded homes due to a tropical storm in Maguindanao province, Philippines.(Reuters: Philippine Coast Guard/Handout)

Philippine search and rescue teams have pulled bodies from water and thick mud, bringing the death toll from flooding and landslides triggered by a storm to 42, with dozens more feared buried.

Key points:

  • Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Nalgae have killed at least 42 people
  • Rescue and retrieval operations are temporarily suspended overnight and will resume Saturday morning
  • It is the 16th storm to hit the Philippine archipelago this year

Eleven bodies were retrieved in the southern province of Maguindanao, which was hit hard by approaching tropical storm Nalgae, according to Naguib Sinarimbo, interior minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Mindanao.

Rescue and retrieval operations are temporarily suspended overnight and will resume Saturday morning, Mr Sinarimbo said, as more people were feared still trapped under mud and flood waters, particularly in the town of Datu Odin.

"Based on the assessment on the ground, at that specific site, there were many [who got buried]. The number might hit 80, but we are hoping it won't reach that number," Mr Sinarimbo said via phone.

Authorities have evacuated thousands of people out of the path of Nalgae, which could possibly make landfall on Friday night in Samar province in central Philippines, disaster officials said.

Mr Sinarimbo said the rainfall in Maguindanao province had exceeded expectations.

"There were preparations made but unfortunately, the rainfall was more than what people had expected," Mr Sinarimbo said.

Someone in a life jacket drags two ropes behind him in waist-deep flood waters.
The death toll from the floods are expected to rise.(Reuters: Philippine Coast Guard/Handout)

The unusually heavy rains that flooded several towns in Maguindanao and outlying provinces overnight in mountainous regions with marshy plains were caused by Nalgae, which was expected to hit the country's eastern coast from the Pacific Ocean on Saturday morning, according to forecasters.

Floodwaters rapidly rose in many low-lying villages, forcing some villagers to climb onto their roofs, where they were rescued by army troops, police and volunteers, officials said.

"In one area in Upi only the attic of a school can be seen above the floodwater," said disaster-mitigation officer Nasrullah Imam, referring to a flood-engulfed town in Maguindanao.

In another southern province, Sultan Kudarat, rescue workers used rubber boats to get to residents trapped in chest-deep waters, images shared by the coast guard showed.

Landslides and floods are frequent in the Philippines, due in part to the growing intensity of tropical cyclones that regularly batter the country.

The Philippines have an average 20 typhoons a year.

Tropical storm Nalgae, with winds of 75 kilometers per hour, forced flight cancellations just as thousands of people were planning to travel to their hometowns to observe All Souls Day.

Schools were also shut down and some ports had operations paralyzed. The storm could intensify further while moving over the Philippine Sea, the weather bureau said.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on October 10, 2022 at 3:27pm


Landslides Leave at Least 22 Dead, and Dozens Missing in Venezuela

Genevieve Glatsky and Tibisay Romero - Yesterday 6:35 PM

Heavy rains and landslides have left at least 22 people dead and 52 missing in a single town in north-central Venezuela, officials said Sunday.

Mud coursed through the streets of Las Tejerías, Venezuela, over the weekend.
Mud coursed through the streets of Las Tejerías, Venezuela, over the weekend.© Matias Delacroix/Associated Press

The authorities believe that an unknown number of other people in the town, Las Tejerías, remain trapped in their homes by the mud.

The Venezuelan armed forces planned to deploy canines and drones to find the missing residents and to deliver food and medicine, one top military officer, Remigio Ceballos, said at the news conference in Las Tejerías, about 40 miles southwest of the capital, Caracas.

Venezuela’s vice president, Delcy Rodríguez, said at the news conference that the authorities were making every effort to get them out alive, but almost two dozen people were known to be dead.

“We have lost children, girls, all very regrettable,” Ms. Rodríguez said.

The rains began late Saturday afternoon, and intensified throughout the night. Overflowing streams carried away trees and electricity poles, and damaged homes and businesses. Cellphone service, already spotty in the region, was almost wiped out by the storm.

Some 20,000 homes throughout the surrounding Santos Michelena municipality were affected, according to the Red Cross in Aragua State.

On Sunday, Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, declared the area a disaster zone and announced three days of national mourning. His vice president said the government would provide shelter for victims, support for damaged businesses and aid to farmers who lost crops.

This is ordinarily Venezuela’s rainy season, but it has been especially bad this year.

“The effects of the climate crisis are causing this tragedy,” Ms. Rodríguez said.

On Sunday night, it was reported that it had started to rain again in the region.

Elsewhere in the region, a tropical storm, Julia, strengthened to a hurricane and set off flash flooding and mudslides in parts of Central America over the weekend.

Colombia’s president, Gustavo Petro, said on Twitter that Julia had left two injured, two houses destroyed and 101 damaged on the Colombian island of San Andres.

On Sunday morning, the hurricane made landfall e in Nicaragua before weakening and becoming a tropical storm, bringing with it heavy rains.

The storm formed just 10 days after Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida, barreling across the state as a powerful Category 4 storm, destroying neighborhoods and infrastructure, unleashing floods, wiping out power and killing at least 120 people, according to state and local officials.

Ian, which later regained hurricane strength before making landfall in South Carolina, followed a relatively quiet start to the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June through November. There were only three named storms before Sept. 1 and none in August, the first time that has happened since 1997.

Storm activity picked up in early September with Danielle and Earl, which formed within a day of each other, and Ian, which formed on Sept. 26.

Isayen Herrera contributed reporting.

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