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24/12/2018What caused the tsunami in Indonesia?

Tsunami struck western Java and southern Sumatra islands during the evening of 22 December caused more than 400 deaths. More than 1,000 people were injured and 11,600 people displaced. Anak Krakatau volcano is thought to have erupted underwater which may have caused an undersea landslide, triggering the killer waves. Island Anak Krakatau (Son of Krakatau) was emerged at the old Krakatu volcano location.

06/09/2018Earthquake buries homes under landslides in Hokkaido, Japan

The magnitude-6.7 earthquake that struck Japan’s Hokkaido island on 6 September triggered landslides in the surrounding landscape. The island was primed for the landslides when heavy rains from Typhoon Jebi, the most powerful storm to strike Japan in 25 years, soaked subsurface deposits of volcanic soil in the region, and  causing them to slide downhill. At least one person was killed in the landslides; dozens more are missing.

10/01/2018Death toll hits 15 in mudslides in Ventura County, California

The death toll from the mudslides that struck Montecito in Ventura County, California climbed to 15 today, with 24 people unaccounted. The mudslides are caused by heavy rain pulling the soil material from the slopes slopes previously burned by wildfires in November and December 2017.

29/04/2017Massive landslide kills 24 in Kyrgystan’s Osh

Heavy rain triggered landslides in Kyrgystan's Osh region, burying part of a village and killing at least 24 people, including nine children. The landslide covered the village of Ayu on Saturday and buried six houses with inhabitants inside. Many rescue workers were working to excavate the buried village.  40 families living close to the disaster zone are being evacuated and housed in tents. Since the beginning of the year, at least 25 landslides have been registered in the Osh region of the Central Asian country, killing six people.

03/04/2017More than 250 dead in Colombia mudflows

There are 273 victims in mudflows in southwest Colombian city Mocoa. Torrential rains caused mudflows and debris flows. After the 2015 landslide in Salgar that killed 92 people, it is the biggest catastrophe that hitted Colombia.

23/02/2017Massive landslide treats Kakanj residents in Bosnia and Hercegovina

Heavy rain caused a massive landslide of mine waste from an open pit coal mine in the Kakanj community. 75 families from the Mramor and Donji Kakanj villages are directly or indirectly threatened with landslide. Six million cubic meters of mine waste had blocked a river Ribnica and formed a lake and river water level is increasing. People are frigtened of possible water wave that could flood downstream houses. As wel, landslide shut down highway A-1 Kakanj-Zenica.

13/02/2017Nearly 200 000 evacuated after threat of Oroville Dam collaps

Nearly 200,000 people living downstream from the tallest dam in the US were ordered to evacuate their homes after a spillway appeared to be in danger of imminent collapse. After years of drought, California is suffering a series of huge rainstorms that have rapidly raised the water level in the dam.  Water level was less than 7 feet (2 meters) from the top of the dam. To allow flood control, the dam has been undergoing controlled discharges of water through the spillway.  After such a release water, major damage was noted on the spillway, apparently caused by the failure of the concrete base and then erosion of the underlying substrate. The emergency spillway was used for the first time as the water level within the lake exceeded the inflow. Officials detected erosion developing at the edge of the the emergency spillway so the flow down the main spillway  was doubled and people downstream were evacuated. [embed][/embed]

08/02/2017Scientists discovered the largest undersea landslide in Australia

Evidence of a massive undersea landslide that took place more than 300,000 years ago has been discovered during three-dimensional mapping of the Great Barrier Reef. It was called the Gloria Knolls Slide, and scientists believe it was the largest undersea landslide in history, 32 cubic km in volume, or 30 times the size of Ayers Rocks. Large blocks, or knolls, and smaller blocks were found scattered up to a depth of 1,350 meters, more than 30 km from the main remnants of the slip known as the Gloria Knolls slide. According to the researchers, this landslide could have triggered a massive tsunami, which could have been as large as 27 meters high. However, a lot more seabed mapping and sampling is required for them to understand the real hazard of tsunamis posed by these landslides, or whether it will happen again.  

12/01/2017Massive mudflow damaged homes and killed two people in Volcan, Argentina

Heavy rainfall in the northwest of Argentina, close to the border with Chile, has caused major mudflows. Mudflow hit the village of Volcan and caused considerable damage and human victims.

20/12/2016Two killed in the landslide in Vietnam

At least two people have been killed, tens injured and trapped in their homes by a landslide that occurred  in the resort town of Nha Trang in central Vietnam. On Tuesday early morning, mud and rock have slided downhill and buried tens of houses at Phuoc Trung Village.

21/11/2016Small tsunami strikes Fukushima coastline after 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Japan

A powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake striked northeast Japanese coast. It was centered off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of about 10 kilometers, in the same region that was devastated by a tsunami in 2011. Tsunami warnings were issued for the Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures and residents were ordered to evacuate from coastal areas. Tsunami waves up to 1.4 m high were recorded in Sendai and 1 meter high at Fukushima nuclear plant. So far, no deaths nor landslide have been reported.

17/11/2016The landslide dam on Hapaku River after the earthquake in New Zealand

Landslide dam on the Hapuku River has completely blocked the river flow. It is about 150 m high and appears to be tall, narrow and, at least on the surface, comparatively fine grained. The dam could collapse rapidly due to further earthquake and/or heavy rainfall and rising pressure, spilling water and debris from a newly formed lake over or through the dam. The Civil Defense has advised people living downstream to relocate and to stay away from the riverbed.

14/11/2016Landslides triggered by powerful 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake in New Zealand

A powerful earthquake and hundreds of strong aftershocks have rocked New Zealand. Earthquake of the 7.8 magnitude had an epicentre about 90 kilometres northeast of Christchurch in the South Island and killed at least two people, triggered number of landslides and a tsunami warning. Infrastructure suffered major damages. The major landslides have occurred in the coast and blocked State Highway One and railways and left Kaikoura itself isolated.

10/11/2016Quick clay lanslide in Quebec, Canada

A spectacular landslide occurred at the village of St-Luc-de-Vincennes in Quebec, Canada.  An area about 200 m wide was affected, and as a result several houses have had to be evacuated.

27/10/2016Deadly Colombia landslide engulfs the Medellin-Bogota highway

At least six people have been found dead after a giant landslide on a major highway in Columbia. The landslide  buried two cars, a lorry and two motorbikes and completely blocked the four lanes of the road in 200 m length with mud and rocks. A team of rescuers are searching people trapped in the mud.

28/09/2016The rockslide at Rizhao in a new public park in Shandong, China

The city of Rizhao in Shangdong, Eastern China has had an exceptionally lucky escape this week when a rockslide occurred in a new public park, shortly before it was due to open. After inspecting the site, local officials said the landslide was a natural phenomenon, and not the result of human activity.

08/08/2016Landslides in Mexico killed at least 40 people

At least 40 people have died in mudslides in Mexico caused by heavy rain in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Earl. Hills collapsed burying parts of a villages in Puebla and Veracruz. Overall, Tropical Storm Earl damaged about 2,000 homes and caused 15 small rivers in Veracruz to overflow their banks.

28/06/2016Massive landslide on the Lamplugh Glacier near Glacier Bay

Massive landslide in Glacier Bay National Park  sent around 150 millions of tons of debris spilling down the mountainside. It is estimated to be around six-and-half miles long. According to the Alaska Earthquake Center it happened at 8:21 a.m. Pilot Paul Swanstrom discovered this massive landslide when flying over it about two hours later.

18/06/2016Landslides killed people in Central Java

Heavy rainfall triggered a series of flash floods and landslides that occurred in 16 districts in Central Java over the weekend.  Landslides had disastrous consequences: 46 people have been killed and many others missing, dozens of houses have been buried.

17/05/2016Over 200 families missing after landslides and floods in Sri Lanka

Between 14 and 16 May 2016 Sri Lanka was hit by a severe tropical storm that caused widespread flooding and landslides in 22 districts of the country. At least 104 people are known to have died following this disaster; 99 people are still missing, the majority due to a massive landslide in Aranayake, Kegalle District. The landslide buried homes of 220 families and devastated three villages: Siripura, Pallebage and Elagipitya. As a result of the floods and landslides, 623 houses have been completely destroyed and 4,414 homes have been damaged. Many affected locations remain underwater and others too dangerous to access due to the possibility of further landslides, and it is likely that the number of victims and destroyed homes will rise once further assessments have been completed.

23/04/2016Rockfall hits school in Liuliao Village, China

Persistent heavy rainfall triggered an rockfall that strucked a primary school in Liuliao Village of Fushi Township in Southern China. At the time school contained 149 pupils and 12 teachers, of whom 23 people were injured, seven of them seriously. Giant boulders crashed into the walls of the school's classrooms and fortunately many missed the school.

16/04/2016Landslides triggered by Kumamoto euartquake in Japan

The Kumamoto earthquake (Mj 7.3) on April 16, 2016, and the associated aftershocks,triggered numerous landslides in and around Kumomoto Prefecture in Kyushu island, southwestern Japan. The number of deaths is 49, of which at least 10 are related to landslides. The largest landslide occurred in Minami-Aso causing collapse of the Aso Ohashi bridge into the Kurokawa river and completely covering a highway at the bottom. Other landslides caused houses to be swamped by mud and significant damage to infrastructure.

20/12/2015A massive landslide of mud and construction waste strikes Shenzhen, China

An enormous landslide hits an industrial park in Shenzhen, China with dozens of building buried and more than 90 people missing. The landslide happened when a landfill of construction waste collapsed. Mud up to ten meters thick covered an area greater than ten hectares. More than 1,500 emergency rescuers were involved in the search for people trapped under the mud. It was an industrial accident due to human negligence rather than a natural disaster.

07/12/2015Rock fall blocked part of National Highway in North India

In the town of Kullu Manali in India a big part of cliff  fall on the highway. It was thought that the rock fall fueled by an earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale in Tajikistan, which has caused tremors in northern India, but later it was confirmed that these two events are not mutually connected. The whole situation has recorded one of the tourists with his mobile device. Luckily, no one was injured.

13/10/2015Landslide caught three homes in southern Pakistan

Landslide caught three homes in a slum, in Karachi, the capital of southern Sindh province in Pakistan. The incident took place early Tuesday when a mass of mud and rocks crashed down a hill into camps and kills more than a dozen people.

25/05/2015Massive landslide buried the Highway and Railway line in the west side of the Wind River Canyon in Wyoming, US

A maintenance worker from Thermopolis narrowly missed being engulfed in a huge landslide on Sunday afternoon that has closed the Wind River Canyon. The worker was operating a loader trying to clear one of the landslides when another began roaring down the side of the canyon.

20/05/2015Landslide caused a nine-storey building collapsed in Guiyang, China

In the capital of southwest China's Guizhou Province, landslide caused a nine-storey building collapsed on May 20, 2015. Rescuers search for survived and trapped. Casualties are not known yet.

25/03/2015Peru officially declares 60-day State of Emergency as landslides threaten

The Government of Peru has declared a 60-day Emergency in the district of Lurigancho-Chosic after extreme rainfall, flooding and landslides that resulting in damage to houses, roads and all kind of infrastructure over the past hours.

08/03/2015The landslide destroyed regional road between Budva and Cetinje in the Markovići Village in Montenegro

The landslide caused 8 m high subsidence of 100 m length part the regional road in the Markovići Village in Montenegro. The reactivation of an old landslide was caused by heavy rains in last one month.

04/01/2015Landslide in Kakanj, Bosnia and Herzegovina, killed 1 person and destroyed 8 houses

About 500 m wide and 150 m long slide of mining waste deposit destroyed 8 houses and killed 1 person in Bare settlement near Kakanj in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

01/01/2015Landslide in Catbalogan town in Philippines killed 19 people

In Catbalogan town in Samar province, Philippines 19 people died in a landslide that left homes and vehicles buried under rocks and mud. The death toll from flooding and landslides in the Philippines wrought by tropical storm Jangmi has risen to 53.

12/12/201451 dead, 57 missing in the Banjarnegara landslide in Indonesia

Large deep seated and very rapid landslide triggered by heavy rainfall occurred at Banjarnegara in Central Java, Indonesia. Rescues report that 51 bodies have been recovered while a further 57 people thought to be missing.

24/08/2014Landslides in Japan’s Hiroshima Prefecture killed 50 people, 38 people still missing

A month's worth of rain in one night triggered landslides that killed 50 people with at least 38 people still missing. Sunday rain followed one week of heavy precipitations. In 5 valleys around Hiroshima numerous landslides, mudfows, debrisflows and rockfalls occured and buried dozens of houses in villages and parts of the City of Hiroshima.

05/08/2014Landslide endangered residential part of North Salt Lake, Utah, USA

A landslide occurred in the night of 5th August damaged houses in Eaglridge, residential part of North Salt Lake, Utah, USA. Nearly 30 households were forced to leave their homes for the day, and five remained under evacuation orders Tuesday night.

04/08/2014Landslide in Anan, Tokushima Prefecture, Japan, took down the park lot, 1 dead

The landslide occurred in the town of Anan in Japan's Tokushima Prefecture, where rain has fallen in large amounts for several weeks thanks to Tropical Storm Nakri. A parking lot collapsed down the side of a hill in southern Japan on Monday, taking the life of at least one person. About 550,000 people were ordered to evacuate surrounding areas after the deadly mudslide.

02/08/2014Landslide in Nepal endangers 400.000 people

Landslide near the Nepal capital buried the Sunkoshi river channel causing the landslide dam and killing at least 8 people.  The landslide lake endangers more than 400.000 people and cause evacuation hundreds of villages in Indian Bihar.

31/07/2014Mudslide buried the Malin village in India

The mudslide buried the Malin village in Pune District in India on 31 July 2014 after heavy rain.  The death toll has gone up to 28 even as 150 people were still feared to be trapped under the huge mound of mud-and-rock debris.

25/05/2014Massive mudslide near Collbran in Colorado killed 3 people

A masive mudslide Grand Mesa near Collbran in Collorado occurred 0n 25 May 2014. The slide is estimated to be a half-mile wide and 2-to-3 miles long and about 250 feet deep. Three men were buried in the slide which was too quick to avoid the tragedy.

24/05/201444 municipalities and 1.7 million inhabitants of Bosnia and Herzegovina endangered by floods and landslides

Civil protection offices from Bosnia and Herzegovina reports about 44 municipalities and 1.674.779 inhabitants endangered by floods and landslides. In Tuzla occurred about 1.500 landslides. Floods hit Maglaj, Zavidoviće, Lukavac, Olovo, Orašje, Odžak, Domaljevac-Šamac, Visoko, Žepče i Živinice after those landslides occurred. Municipalities of Šamac, Doboj, Vlasenica, Prijedor, Šekovići, Modriča, Donji Žabar, Bijeljina, Bratunac, Čelinac were submerged by flash floods those triggered landslides.

24/05/2014More than 1000 landslides in Serbia

After catastrophic floods hit Serbia, more than 1000 landslides occurred; the most of them endangered Kosjerić, Mali Zvornik, Bajina Bašta i Gornji Milanovac.

23/05/2014Landslide destroyed the mosque in the Čelebići Village, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Landslide triggered by heavy rain destroyed the mosque in the Čelebići Village near Cerska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Minaret stay unharmed in the middle of the landslide.

18/05/2014Landslide in the village Šerići near Zenica (BiH)

05/05/2014Massive Landslide Buries Remote Afghan Village Abi Barik in Badakhshan province

In Afghanistan's mountainous northeastern province of Badakhshan, an enormous landslide took place, burying much of a small village, and killing hundreds. Officials say that at least 300 residents of Abi Barik village were killed, but are uncertain about exact numbers, cautioning that the final number could be 500 or more.

22/03/20143 die in mudslide east of Arlington, 6 homes destroyed

Mud slammed Saturday into homes near the Snohomish County town of Oso and cascaded over state Highway 530, into the Stillaguamish River, which is backed up by debris.

15/03/2014Luxembourg landslide may contain hazardous waste

Last week's landslide which closed a Luxembourg road for an indefinite period may contain hazardous waste, it has emerged. According to the EU's Copernicus Emergency Management Service, the landslide in Lallange was at an “industrial waste depository containing potential hazardous material.”

23/02/2014Rockfall in French Alps killed two children

Rock crashes into holiday chalet in national park Mercantouruna in Alpes-Maritimes Region, South France, killing two children. Rockfall was caused by snow melting.

09/02/2014Flooding and landslides devastate Bujumbura

At least 50 people have been killed after torrential rains swept through Burundi Sunday, causing floods and landslides in the country’s capitol, Bujumbura.

22/01/2014More than 40 killed in flooding and landslides in Mindanao, Philippines

More than 800,000 people have been affected by tropical depression “Agaton” which has now weakened to a low-pressure area (LPA). "Agaton" caused massive flooding and landslides that have killed more than 40 people in 27 different  areas of Mindanao.

18/01/2014Severe weather in Liguria, Italy, caused 100 landslides

Severe weather in Liguria in Italy caused occurence of more than 100 landslides and affected avacuation of more than 200 persons in area of the City of Genoa and Region of Imperia.

14/01/2014Rockfall crushed houses in Termeno, South Tyrol, Italy

The rockfall of about 4000 cubic meters of rock mass detached from a cliff above the Termeno Village, South Tyrol, Italy. Fallen rocks were rolling down the slope and crushed houses on their trajectory. The rockfall has been caused by the collapse of one of rock pillars in the cliff.

06/01/2014Dramatic landslide photos, Hastings, UK

Part of a cliff in Hastings collapsed on Friday (January 3) as a result of heavy rainfall. Click here for video

28/12/2013Section of Tijuana-Ensenada Scenic Highway Collapses

A section of the toll road leading from Tijuana to Ensenada collapsed more than 300 feet toward the ocean early . The collapse happened at kilometer 93 just south of Salsipuedes following a magnitude 4.6 earthquake on December 20.

27/12/2013At least 44 dead in Brazil’s flooding and landslides

At least 44 people have died and more than 60,000 have been left homeless following torrential rain in southeast Brazil over the past few weeks. In Espirito Santo state, Civil Defense officials reported a total of 27 fatalities, including eight Thursday, in what they described as the worst rains in 90 years.

13/12/2013The Utah rockfall kill two

In Rockville (!?) in Utah, a rockfall completely crushed a house and killing the two inhabitants. This rockfall represents a hard rock slope failure on a large-scale.

29/11/2013Landslide hits Manizales slumin Colombia; at least 2 killed

A landslide that hit the slums of the western Colombian city of Manizales killed at least two people. According to local rescue workers, the landslide occurred early Friday morning after hours of heavy rain.

16/10/2013Typhoon Wipha triggered landslides, grounding flights, public transportation, damaging dozens of homes

13 dead, 50 missing as typhoon lashes Tokyo area.

07/10/2013Hundreds of landslides recorded in Chin State, Myanmar

At least 768 landslides occurred across Chin State between 21 August and 11 September 2013, according to the Chin State government's statistics.

21/09/2013La Pintada Village landslide missing ‘probably dead’

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto says it is likely that all 68 people missing after a huge mudslide in the village of La Pintada are dead. The deaths would raise the toll from Tropical Storm Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid to around 170.

19/09/2013At least 58 missing in Mexico after landslide

Mexico's government said 58 people were missing after a massive landslide smashed through a tiny coffee-growing village La Pintada  north of Acapulco. The storm that devastated Mexico's Pacific coast over the weekend regained strength Wednesday and became Hurricane Manuel.

11/09/2013Fernand Tropical Storm Reaches Mexico, Causes 13 Deaths In Veracruz

Even as Tropical Storm Fernand weakened from a hurricane to a tropical depression, heavy rains have caused casualties in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz.   A total of 13 people died in mudslides.

09/09/20136 killed, 18 injured in Indonesia landslide

A landslide caused by heavy rains has killed six people and left 18 others unaccounted for on Indonesia's Java Island. The landslide also destroyed nine houses in the district.

06/09/2013Landslides and floods kill 21 in Vietnam

Floods and landslides due to heavy rain over the last three days have killed at least 21 people in northern Vietnam. Floods and landslides destroyed 64 houses, and inundated over 1 700 hectares of rice and other food crops.

06/09/2013Landslides kill dozens in Guatemala

As many as 100 people may have been buried in a landslide in Guatemala on a major highway in La Cumbre de Alaska. Torrential rains from a tropical depression caused landslides that have killed at least 37 people, at least 40 are missing and more than 40,000 were affected.

31/08/2013Huge boulder just misses car in Taiwan landslide

The boulder, which was several times the size of the car, stops just short of crushing the vehicle in the footage shot in Keelung City. There were no reports of injuries following the incident. Recent heavy rain has triggered a series of mudslides across Taiwan in recent weeks. Elsewhere, 19 people were injured in a train derailment. In 2009 63 Taiwanese villagers were killed by mudslides as sparked by typhoon Morakot .

10/08/2013Mudslide in Senboku, Akita Prefecture, Japan, killed six people and destroyed eight houses

28/07/2013In Pics: Floods and landslides devastate Uttarakhand, India

A massive cloudburst and landslides have wreaked havoc in the hills of Uttarakhand. With the death toll expected to be in hundreds, the army and civil protection engaged in a grim and heroic battle to rescue survivors before the rains return.

24/07/2013Landslide in China sweeps away 28 houses

Dramatic footage has captured the moment a giant stream of mud and rocks poured down the side of a mountain in China. The landslide in Sichuan province swept away 28 houses and six hectares of farmland, forcing around 14,00 villagers to be evacuated as the rocks and earth turned a nearby river into a lake.

23/07/2013Eight killed in Nepal landslides

Landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains in Nepal have engulfed scores of homes, killing eight people and leaving five missing. Hundreds of people die each year from floods and landslides during Nepal's monsoon season, which starts in June and ends in September.

22/07/2013Landslides caused by Earthquake Mag. 6.6 in Gansu Province in China

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit the city of Dingxi in China's Gansu province on Monday 22 July 2013, killing at least 94 people and injuring as many as 1,000. Most of them were killed in landslides triggered by earthquake. Efforts have been under way to help and search for the victims in the area, home to about 2.7 million people.

18/07/2013Huge rock toppling and collapse of the cliff in Saint Jouin Breneval (France)

10/07/2013Heavy rainfalls activated landslides in the Chinese Sichuan province

Landslides in Chinese Sichuan province buried at least 40 people. The landslide was endangered the City of Zhongxing. More than 100 people with hounds in rescue teams are present on the site. Landslide activations are caused by heavy rainfall last week. Many floods and debris flows are also registered.

20/06/2013Indian landslides leave thousands trapped in valley

As many as 4,000 people are believed trapped by landslides in a valley near a Hindu shrine in the Indian Himalayas, days after floods killed more than 100 people.