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Mega-landslide in giant Utah copper mine may have triggered earthquakes
Landslides are one of the most hazardous aspects of our planet, causing billions of dollars in damage and thousands of deaths each year. Most large landslides strike with little warning -- and thus geologists do not often have the ability to collect important data that can be used to better understand the behavior of these dangerous events. The April 10, 2013, collapse at Kennecott's Bingham Canyon open-pit copper mine in Utah is an important exception. (2014-01-07)

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)

Scientists improve model of landslide-induced tsunami
MIPT researchers Leopold Lobkovsky and Raissa Mazova, and their young colleagues from Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University have created a model of landslide-induced tsunamis that accounts for the initial location of the landslide body. Reported in Landslides, the model reveals that tsunami height is affected by the coastal slope and the position of the land mass before slipping. The highest and most devastating waves result from onshore landslide masses. (2020-10-19)

Great Barrier Reef protecting against landslides, tsunamis
The world-famous Australian reef is providing an effective barrier against landslide-induced tsunamis, new research shows. An underwater landslide has been found to have occurred some 20,000 years ago, causing a tsunami. Similar submarine landslides could occur without our knowledge but the Great Barrier Reef can absorb some of that potential wave energy. (2015-11-25)

As Oso disaster anniversary nears, kentucky geologists urge preparation for landslides
As the anniversary of the most fatal landslide in the history of the continental United States approaches, we are reminded of the importance of evaluating geologic hazards and communicating that information to communities that may be at risk, including Kentucky, where landslides were reported in Muhlenburg and Caldwell counties this month. (2015-03-12)

University of Houston awarded $246,000 NSF grant for US-China collaboration on landslides
University of Houston professor Guoquan 'Bob' Wang has been awarded a three-year, $245,945 National Science Foundation International Research Experience for Students grant to support US-China collaboration on landslide research. This grant will fully fund summer research opportunities for UH geoscience majors to conduct landslide studies in collaboration with the China University of Geosciences in Wuhan, Hubei Province. (2015-10-21)

Seattle subject of new landslide hazard volume
This latest Reviews in Engineering Geology volume from the Geological Society of America brings together a wide range of approaches to the application of state-of-the-art geologic engineering methods to landslide hazard analysis in and around Seattle, Wash. Developed as a response to a 1997 major landslide disaster affecting communities surrounding the Puget Sound, this volume includes both historical and recent perspectives on landslides and landslide mitigation in the Seattle area. (2008-10-30)

Why the seafloor starts moving
When the seabed loses its stability and starts to move, it often happens in much larger dimensions than landslides ashore -- and at slopes with very low gradients. At the same time, discplacement of large amounts of sediment under water scan cause devastating tsunamis. However, why and when submarine landslides develop is hardly understood. Marine scientists from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel have now published possible causes based on observations on submarine landslides off the coast of northwest Africa in the international journal Geology. (2018-02-13)

New GSA bulletin study of the 2014 Oso landslide
As a compelling example of a large-mobility landslide, the March 22, 2014 landslide near Oso, Washington, USA, was particularly devastating, traveling across a 1-km-plus-wide river valley, killing 43 people, destroying dozens of homes, and temporarily closing a well-traveled highway. (2019-06-26)

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 technology may speed up, build awareness of landslide risks
Engineers have created a new way to use lidar technology to identify and classify landslides on a landscape scale, which may revolutionize the understanding of landslides in the US and reveal them to be far more common and hazardous than often understood. Some areas of the Pacific Northwest may have had 10-100 times more landslides than were previously known of. (2014-11-19)

Syracuse geologist reveals correlation between earthquakes, landslides
A geologist in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences has demonstrated that earthquakes -- not climate change, as previously thought -- affect the rate of landslides in Peru. (2014-11-04)

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)

Landslide fatalities are greater than previously thought
Landslides kill ten times more people across the world than was previously thought, according to research by Durham University, UK. (2012-08-15)

Landslide warnings from satellites may save lives
As winter rains come, thousands of square kilometres of territory across Europe's heart face a looming threat: steep slopes and waterlogged soils combine to trigger landslides. (2004-02-04)

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)

Tenerife geology discovery is among 'world's best'
Volcanologists from the University of Leicester have uncovered one of the world's best-preserved accessible examples of a monstrous landslide that followed a huge volcanic eruption on the Canarian island of Tenerife. (2011-10-02)

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)

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)

Landslide along Alaskan fjord could trigger tsunami
Scientists noted that the slope on Barry Arm fjord on Prince William Sound in southeastern Alaska slid some 120 meters from 2010 to 2017, a slow-moving landslide caused by glacial melt that could trigger a devastating tsunami. These are some of the first measurements to quantify how the slope is falling there; the study also models a potential tsunami. (2020-11-12)

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)

Landslide modeling after Kaikoura Quake provides data to first responders
Hours after the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake hit New Zealand, researchers were able to share information with first responders about where significant landsliding might have occurred to block roads and rivers, according to a new report in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. (2018-03-26)

Evidence emerges of ancient lake in California's Eel River
A catastrophic landslide 22,500 years ago dammed the upper reaches of northern California's Eel River, forming a 30-mile-long lake which has since disappeared. It left a living legacy found today in the genes of the region's steelhead trout. Using remote-sensing technology known as airborne Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and hand-held global-positioning-systems (GPS) units, scientists recently found evidence for a late Pleistocene, landslide-dammed lake along the river. (2011-11-14)

Tackling the erosion of a special river island
Locke Island is a small island in a bend of the Columbia River in eastern Washington that plays a special role in the culture of local Indian tribes. Recently, it has begun eroding away at an alarming rate. The island is part of the Hanford Reservation managed by the Department of Energy. So the DOE has turned to a team of Vanderbilt researchers to identify the cause of the increase in erosion. (2010-12-14)

Minerals in mountain rivers tell the story of landslide activity upstream
Scientists have come up with a new way of analyzing sand in mountain rivers to determine the activity of landslides upstream, which has important implications for understanding natural hazards in mountainous regions. (2019-04-24)

Taking a landslide's temperature to avert catastrophe
Duke engineers have developed a comprehensive model of deep-seated landslides and demonstrated that it can accurately recreate the dynamics of historic and current landslides occurring under varying conditions. The model points to the temperature of a thin layer of clay at the base of the landslide as critical to the potential for sudden cataclysmic failure. The approach is currently monitoring a landslide in Andorra and suggests methods for mitigating the risk of its escalation. (2020-06-15)

Climate change could trigger more landslides in High Mountain Asia
More frequent and intense rainfall events due to climate change could cause more landslides in the High Mountain Asia region of China, Tibet and Nepal, according to the first quantitative study of the link between precipitation and landslides in the region. (2020-02-11)

This week from AGU: Malaysian quake aftermath, Arctic sea ice predictions
This week from AGU comes news on Malaysian quake aftermath and Arctic sea ice predictions. (2015-06-24)

Prehistoric landslide discovery rivals largest known on surface of Earth
A catastrophic landslide that rivals in size the largest known gravity slide on the surface of the Earth has been mapped in southwestern Utah by a Kent State geologist and colleagues. The Markagunt gravity slide, the size of three Ohio counties, covered at least 1,300 square miles and its full scope is still being mapped. It could prove to be larger than the Heart Mountain slide, the largest known on the Earth's surface. (2014-11-19)

NASA calculated heavy rainfall leading to California mudslides
Winter rains falling on recently burned ground triggered deadly mudslides in Santa Barbara County, California on Jan. 9. NASA calculated the amount of rain fall between Jan. 8 and 10, 2018 and calculated the potential for landslides. (2018-01-11)

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)

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)

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)

Simple actions can help people survive landslides
Simple actions can dramatically improve a person's chances of surviving a landslide, according to records from 38 landslides in the US and around the world. People who survived landslides tended to show key behaviors such as being aware of the risk, moving to higher ground, and making noise if buried. (2020-10-22)

Landslides linked to plate tectonics create the steepest mountain terrain
New research shows some of the steepest mountain slopes in the world got that way because of the interplay between terrain uplift associated with plate tectonics and powerful streams cutting into hillsides, leading to large landslides. (2012-05-30)

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)

Recent landslides in La Conchita, California belong to much larger prehistoric slide
The deadly landslide that killed 10 people and destroyed 30 homes in La Conchita, California last January is but a tiny part of a much larger slide, called the Rincon Mountain slide, discovered by Larry D. Gurrola, geologist and graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The slide started many thousands of years ago and will continue generating slides in the future, reported Gurrola at the national meeting of the Geological Society of America today. (2005-10-20)

Hummocky and shallow Maunder crater
The High Resolution Stereo Camera on ESA's Mars Express orbiter has obtained pictures of the Noachis Terra region on Mars, in particular, the striking Maunder crater. (2007-10-16)

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)

Most landslides in western Oregon triggered by heavy rainfall, not big earthquakes
Deep-seated landslides in the central Oregon Coast Range are triggered mostly by rainfall, not by large offshore earthquakes. (2020-09-16)

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