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NASA's GPM Satellite observes Tropical Cyclone Dahlia and landslide potential
On Nov. 29 Tropical Cyclone Dahlia became the first tropical cyclone of the 2017-2018 Southwest Indian Ocean season. The Global Precipitation Measurement Mission or GPM core satellite provided forecasters with a look inside the clouds and into the rate rain was falling. Heavy rainfall has created the potential for landslides and NASA analyzed areas that may be subject. (2017-12-01)

Ice shapes the landslide landscape on Mars
How good is your Martian geography? In a new research paper published in EPJ Plus, Fabio De Blasio and colleagues from Milano-Bicocca University, Italy, explain the extent to which ice may have been an important medium of lubrication for landslides on Mars. (2017-11-21)

Changing climate to bring more landslides on logged land, say WSU researchers
Washington State University researchers say landslides on logged forests will be more widespread as the Northwest climate changes. In a study modelled on clear-cut lands on the Olympic Peninsula, they anticipate the climate of 2045 and conclude that there will be a 7 -11 percent increase in the land that is highly vulnerable to landslides. The researchers say their findings are applicable to the Cascade Mountain Range area as well. (2017-11-09)

Why did the 2014 Oso landslide travel so far?
On Saturday, 22 March 2014, a devastating landslide roared across the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, near Oso, Washington. The landslide killed 43 people as it plowed through the Steelhead Haven neighborhood. When it stopped, after crossing the river, the neighborhood, and State Route 530, the Oso landslide had traveled 1.4 kilometers. (2017-10-23)

New study analyzes causes of 2010 landslide in Saint-Jude, Quebec
New study discusses triggers of the Saint-Jude landslide in Quebec that occurred in nearly 10,000-year-old sensitive clay sediment that 'liquefies' when disturbed. (2017-09-26)

Can satellites be used as an early warning system for landslides?
Researchers from Newcastle University (UK), Chengdu University of Technology, Tongji University, China Academy of Space Technology and Wuhan University (China) have been tracking the massive landslide which struck Xinmo Village, Maoxian County, Sichuan Province in China. (2017-07-04)

Study details evidence for past large earthquakes in the Eastern Tennessee seismic zone
The Eastern Tennessee Seismic Zone (ETSZ), a zone of small earthquakes stretching from northeastern Alabama to southwestern Virginia, may have generated earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater within the last 25,000 years, according to a study published June 27 in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. (2017-06-26)

This week from AGU: Remarkable 2016 storms caused massive Antarctic sea ice loss
Weekly AGU news from Geospace, The Landslide Blog, and research spotlights. (2017-06-21)

Bangladesh's heavy rainfall examined with NASA's IMERG
At least 156 people in Bangladesh were killed during the past week by landslides and floods caused by heavy rainfall. NASA calculated the amount of rain that has fallen using data from satellites. (2017-06-16)

NASA observes heavy monsoon rainfall in Sri Lanka
NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM satellite constellation provided rainfall data after the monsoon generated large amounts of precipitation in Sri Lanka that caused landslides over the week of May 22. The monsoon continued to affect the island on May 30 when a weather advisory was issued for strong winds. (2017-05-30)

Engineers shine light on deadly landslide
Late in the morning of March 22, 2014, a huge chunk of land cut loose and roared down a hillside in the Stillaguamish River Valley just east of Oso, Washington, about 60 miles northeast of Seattle. In a matter of minutes, 43 people lost their lives as a wall of mud, sand, clay, water and trees cascaded down the hillside into the Steelhead Haven neighborhood, a relatively new housing tract. (2017-04-26)

Landslides on Ceres reflect hidden ice
Massive landslides, similar to those found on Earth, are occurring on the asteroid Ceres. That's according to a new study that adds to the growing evidence that Ceres retains a significant amount of water ice. (2017-04-17)

Technology to improve rockfall analysis on cliffs could save money, lives
Researchers in the Pacific Northwest have developed a new, automated technology to analyze the potential for rockfalls from cliffs onto roads and areas below, which should speed and improve this type of risk evaluation, help protect public safety and ultimately save money and lives. (2017-04-11)

Scientists develop a system that predicts the behavior of tsunamis in less than 10 minutes
The group of Differential Equations, Numerical Analysis and Applications (EDANYA, from its abbreviation in Spanish) at the University of Málaga (UMA) and the Department of Languages and Computer Systems at the University of Granada (UGR) have created a simulator that predicts in less than ten minutes the behavior of tsunamis generated by landslides. (2017-03-13)

The 2013 Bingham Canyon landslide, moment by moment
University of Utah geoscientists have revisited the slide with a combined analysis of aerial photos, computer modeling, and seismic data to pick apart the details. (2017-03-02)

Largest undersea landslide revealed on the Great Barrier Reef
James Cook University scientists have helped discover the remnants of a massive undersea landslide on the Great Barrier Reef, approximately 30 times the volume of Uluru. (2017-02-07)

This Week from AGU: Coal mine dust lowers spectral reflectance of Arctic snow
This Week from AGU: Coal mine dust lowers spectral reflectance of Arctic snow. (2017-02-01)

Jane Qiu and Jane Palmer awarded EGU Science Journalism Fellowship
The European Geosciences Union (EGU) has named journalists Jane Qiu and Jane Palmer as the winners of its 2017 Science Journalism Fellowship. Qiu will receive €3,000 to report on glaciers and fjord ecosystems in Svalbard, while Palmer is awarded €2,000 travel to Peru to find out more about the threat posed by slow-moving landslides. (2017-01-18)

NASA analyzes heavy rainfall over Southern Thailand
Widespread flooding has recently caused the deaths of dozens of people in southern Thailand. Frequent and persistent downpours have resulted in record rainfall totals and NASA calculated rainfall over the region from Jan. 5 to Jan. 12, 2017. (2017-01-13)

Study models Tsunami Risk for Florida and Cuba
While the Caribbean is not thought to be at risk for tsunamis, a new study by researchers at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science indicates that large submarine landslides on the slopes of the Great Bahama Bank have generated tsunamis in the past and could potentially again in the future. (2016-12-14)

U-M researchers map New Zealand landslides with satellites, drones, helicopters, hiking boots
A University of Michigan-led team of geologists and engineers is mapping surface ruptures and some of the tens of thousands of landslides triggered by last month's magnitude-7.8 earthquake in New Zealand. (2016-12-13)

Climate change to have 'little effect' on common landslides
The frequency of common landslides is not likely to increase as a result of more rainstorms brought about by future climate change, new research from Cardiff University has shown. (2016-10-06)

$4 million grant funds new UW RAPID facility to investigate natural disasters worldwide
A new disaster investigation center housed at the University of Washington and funded by a $4 million National Science Foundation grant will collect and analyze critical data that's often lost in the immediate aftermath of hurricanes and earthquakes but can help create more resilient communities. (2016-10-05)

One vent just isn't enough for some volcanoes
One vent just isn't enough for some volcanoes: the curious case of Mount Etna's wandering craters. (2016-09-02)

Quest to find the 'missing physics' at play in landslides
A recent discovery in the study of landslides, using annular shear cell measurements of granular flows, confirms that two flow regimes -- an 'elastic regime' and an 'inertial regime' exist. The researchers discuss their findings in this week's Physics of Fluids. (2016-08-30)

Geological data provide support for legendary Chinese flood
Researchers have provided geological evidence for China's 'Great Flood,' a disastrous event on the Yellow River from which the Xia dynasty is thought to have been born. The flood occurred in roughly 1920 BC, they say, which is several centuries later than traditionally thought -- meaning the Xia dynasty, and its renowned Emperor Yu, likely had a later start than Chinese historians have thought, too. (2016-08-04)

This week from AGU: Greenland's thawing ice sheet, Nepal's landslides, and more
This week from AGU are papers on Greenland's thawing ice sheet, Nepal's landslides, and four more research spotlights. (2016-08-03)

This week from AGU: Elegant landslides, hackable phones, and 3 research spotlights
This Week from AGU: elegant landslides, hackable phones, and 3 research spotlights. (2016-07-27)

Using NASA data to automatically detect potential landslides in Nepal
A team of scientists using NASA satellite data designed an automated system to quickly identify landslides that often go undetected and unreported. (2016-07-07)

EARTH: Dating of landslides around Oso reveals recurring patterns
The soil deposits, topographical relief and climate present a well-known hazard to Stillaguamish, Wash., region, but the devastating Oso landslide made determining how many others had occurred in the past in the valley imperative. (2016-06-21)

Slowing of landslide flows reflects California's drying climate
Merged data from on-the-ground measurements, aerial photography, satellite imagery and satellite-radar imaging have unveiled an unexpected geological consequence of northern California's ongoing drought. The drying out has dramatically reduced the flow of landslides in the Eel River Basin. (2016-06-01)

How a huge landslide shaped Zion National Park
A Utah mountainside collapsed 4,800 years ago in a gargantuan landslide known as a 'rock avalanche,' creating the flat floor of what is now Zion National Park by damming the Virgin River to create a lake that existed for 700 years. (2016-05-26)

This Week from AGU: Dangerous pollutants, landslides in Japan, and 4 new research papers
This week from AGU are papers on dangerous pollutants, landslides in Japan, and four new research papers from the past week. (2016-04-27)

Bringing the landslide laboratory to remote regions
Thanks to millions of years' accumulation of the wind-deposited, highly-porous sediment from which China's Loess plateau takes its name, the region has been called the most erosion-prone on Earth. However, despite the prominent geomorphic role gravity erosion plays on the slopes, the process isn't well understood due to the complexity of soil failure occurrence and behavior, Researchers at Dalian University of Technology present their findings in this week's Review of Scientific Instruments. (2016-04-12)

New Geosphere article examines massive 2014 Colorado avalanche
On May 25, 2014, a rain-on-snow-induced rock avalanche occurred in the West Salt Creek valley on the northern flank of Grand Mesa in western Colorado. The avalanche mobilized from a preexisting rock slide in the Green River Formation and traveled 4.6 km down the confined valley, killing three people. (2016-02-29)

This week from AGU: West Antarctic Ice Sheet, better climate models & 3 new papers
How stable is the West Antarctic Ice Sheet? Exceeding critical temperature limits in the Southern Ocean may cause the collapse of ice sheets and a sharp rise in sea levels, a new study finds. (2016-02-10)

This week from AGU: Volcanic eruptions, ocean carbon, quake fossils and new landslide video
This week from AGU are items on volcanic eruptions, ocean carbon, quake fossils and a new landslide video. (2016-02-03)

This week from AGU: Indian Ocean warming, 2 data blogs, debris flow video, & 2 new papers
This week from AGU: Indian Ocean warming, 2 data blogs, best ever debris flow video, & 2 new papers. (2016-01-27)

Thousands of landslides in Nepal earthquake raise parallels for Pacific Northwest
An evaluation of the major 7.8 magnitude subduction zone earthquake in Gorkha, Nepal, in April 2015, has identified characteristics that may be of special relevance to the future of the Pacific Northwest. Most striking was the enormous number and severity of landslides. (2016-01-11)

Dating historic activity at Oso site shows recurring major landslides
Radiocarbon dating of landslides near the deadly March 2014 mudslide in Oso, Wash., show that this is a geologically active region, with other large slides in the relatively recent past. (2015-12-23)

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