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Coverage of landslides since October 17, 2023.

3 dead, 3 missing in Alaska landslide Globalnews.ca

"...The slide churned up the earth from near the top of the mountain down to the ocean, tearing down a wide swath of evergreen trees and burying a highway in the island community of Wrangell, about 250 kilometres south of Juneau. Rescue crews found the body of a girl in an initial search Monday night and the bodies of two adults late Tuesday. Around 54 homes are cut off from town by the landslide, and roughly 35 to 45 people have chosen to stay in that area, interim borough manager Mason Villarma said..."

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Poll suggests British Columbians cooling to carbon tax Globalnews.ca

"...“About twice as many people oppose the carbon tax as support it,” said Carson Binda, B. C. director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation..."

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Iceland town evacuates amid earthquakes, potential volcanic eruption

"...Since late October, the Reykjanes Peninsula has experienced an increase in volcanic and seismic activity. The Reykjanes region has seen several eruptions in unpopulated areas in recent years. The latest could begin on the seabed just southwest of Grindavik, the meteorological office said..."

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Nova Scotia woman concerned for family in Mexico in wake of devastating hurricane

"...According to the National Tidal Service, a wind gust of 330 kilometres per hour was measured at a weather station near Acapulco during the hurricane. If verified, it will rank in the top 15 wind gusts measured globally in terms of speed. Chris Fogarty, a meteorologist with the Canadian Hurricane Centre, says Hurricane Otis surprised scientists with where it struck and how quickly it developed..."

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Rebuilding process in the Shuswap following wildfires expected to be lengthy Globalnews.ca

"...“We're hearing anecdotally from builders and contractors for things like drywall and framing that there were longer wait times than normal and unfortunately the loss of these 176 homes is going to put more pressure on these local trades,” said Hughes. Moving forward, one of the biggest concerns for the regional district is the increased risk of landslides following the massive wildfire. “That is becoming part of our emergency plans and our planning process moving into the spring,” said Hughes..."

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B.C. town wants answers after landslide knocks out power for nearly 4 days

"...Answers are still being sought after a landslide caused a power outage in the Lardeau Valley, leaving almost 400 people without power for 90 hours..."

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South Okanagan protected areas damaged following unauthorized work

"...According to the organization, unauthorized work by the Ministry of Forests and improper cattle grazing led to environmental damage in the South Okanagan and White Lake Grasslands protected area. Back in 2020, the organization’s executive director, Jesse Zeman, came across the damage and reported it. “We were following a wildlife trail on foot and found a road in the protected area on a slope that had no road previously,” said Zeman in a press release..."

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Hurricane Otis weakens over southern Mexico after battering Acapulco

"...A strong Category 2 storm by Wednesday morning, the hurricane was expected to continue to weaken quickly in Guerrero state’s steep mountains. As dawn broke, authorities had given no preliminary damage assessments as much of the area remained without power. Downed trees, persistent rain and flooding made it difficult to move..."

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B.C., Washington state collaborate on flood-risk, salmon habitat initiative

"...One of three Royal Canadian Air Force helicopters surveys the Fraser Valley after rainstorms lashed the western Canadian province of British Columbia, triggering landslides and floods, shutting highways, near Abbotsford, B. C. , Sunday, Nov..."

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Atmospheric river passes in southern B.C., but area rivers still rising

"...The accumulations mark the heaviest downpours across the south coast in almost a year and Environment Canada records show the greatest deluge before that was during the atmospheric river in November 2021 that caused devastating flooding, washouts and landslides from Metro Vancouver to the southern Interior..."

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First atmospheric river of fall deluges parts of B.C. south coast, southern Interior

"...“Following a season of severe drought and wildfire, rainfall on impacted areas can generate high surface water run-off and erosion due to a lack of vegetation, leading to a possibility of localized flooding and landslides,” the province's statement says..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention landslides.

The Dangers of Underwater Landslides (Ask NRCan)

Duration: 12:14

"...On this episode of “Ask NRCan,” research scientist Alexandre Normandeau talks about his work on underwater landslides and their impacts on coastal communities. ..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about landslides.

São Paulo Schools Plant Mini-Forests & Disused Coal Mine Heats Homes | WEF | Top Stories of the Week

"...This water is warmed naturally by geothermal energy and can then be used to heat buildings above ground..."

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GREENLAND TSUNAMI Hits Village Caught On Camera - Camera 2 (Multiple Clips) | Nuugaatsiaq, Greenland

"...Megatsunamis are caused by giant landslides and other impact events (including meteorite impacts in an ocean), while ordinary tsunamis are usually caused by underwater earthquakes or volcanic eruptions (which do not normally generate such large waves)..."

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GREENLAND TSUNAMI Caught Fishermen Off Guard - Camera 3

"...Megatsunamis are caused by giant landslides and other impact events (including meteorite impacts in an ocean), while ordinary tsunamis are usually caused by underwater earthquakes or volcanic eruptions (which do not normally generate such large waves)..."

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'Tsunami-Like Waves' Overrun Small Harbor in Italy During Storm | Tyrrhenian Sea

"...Several meter high 'tsunami-like waves' caused by heavy storms in the Tyrrhenian Sea overrun a small Italian village's safety walls and devastate parts of its harbor..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about landslides relevant to the latest news.

Tracer Techniques?a Diagnostic Tool in Seepage Detection of Hydropower Projects

"...Hydropower, an important and widely used renewable source of energy, has the ability to generate electricity without emitting greenhouse gases thereby providing pollution-free electricity to the human being..."

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An Assessment of Vulnerability to Extreme Rainfall and Livelihood Resilience in Hillslope Geography: A Case Study of Malappuram

"...Extreme rainfall events and hazards may rise as a result of climate change, which is already known to intensify the global water cycle..."

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Multihazard Assessment of the Sutlej-Beas River Basin Using Bivariate Statistical Frequency Ratio (FR) Model and Management Bar

"...Thus, this study has carried out a multihazard susceptibility assessment based on landslide and flood susceptibility in the Sutlej-Beas River basin and prepared flood and landslide susceptibility maps using eleven causative parameters through a bivariate statistical frequency ratio (FR) model..."

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Spatiotemporal projections of extreme precipitation over Algeria based on CMIP6 global climate models

"...In this study, we assess the spatiotemporal projections of precipitation over Algeria derived from the multi-model ensemble mean (MME) of eleven global climate model datasets within the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6)..."

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A new type of sliding zone soil and its severe effect on the formation of giant landslides in the Jinsha River tectonic suture

"...Due to long-term gravity creep, intermittent rainfall, and earthquakes, the strength of the altered clay was continuously weakened, and the sliding zone gradually penetrated, which finally led to the failure of the Baige landslide..."

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Using machine learning techniques in multi-hazards assessment of Golestan National Park, Iran

"...Golestan National Park is one of the oldest biosphere reserves exposed to environmental hazards due to growing demand, geographical location of the park, mountainous conditions, and developments in the last five decades..."

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The 2023.4.24 Hambantota-offshore earthquake and microearthquakes in Sri Lanka and the landslide risk evaluation in a nearby sl

"...In our LS-RAPID simulation, we applied the monitored earthquake waves to a nearby slope with landslide topography to examine whether a landslide can occur with a post-rainfall earthquake (namely, a certain amount of pore water pressure + a certain level of seismic shaking)..."

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Spatial distribution of landslide shape induced by Luding Ms6.8 earthquake, Sichuan, China: case study of the Moxi Town

"...Among these places, the Moxi Town is the nearest one to the earthquake epicenter, where the landslides triggered by the Luding earthquake are not huge but with distinctly different shapes..."

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Remedy Solutions for a Deep-Seated Landslide on Road No. 155, Section Km 12?+?667.85?Km 12?+?711.57, Sapa Town, Lao Cai Provinc

"...While these two zones were reinforced with the retaining structure, soil nails, and grounded anchor system, a landslide (named Zone 3) happened in the area between Zones 1 and 2, where soil erosion and water erosion appeared serious because of heavy rainfall and cutting slopes..."

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Effect of Percolation Water Quality on Physical and Mechanical Characteristics of Marls

"...The objective of this work is to study the evolution of marls from the Tigzirt landslide, which represents one of the active and spectacular landslides that the Wilaya of Tizi-Ouzou (Algeria) has experienced in recent years; under the effect of environmental conditions and the quality of the percolating water (polluted and unpolluted water)..."

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Recurring Landslides and Debris Flows near Kalli Village in the Lesser Himalayas of Western Nepal

"...The laboratory testing results suggest that the differential weathering of underlying inter-bedded shale and sandstone of Suntar Formation could be a major cause of the recurring landslides; other factors including the topographic wetness index, slope, drainage pattern, seepage and land-use practices around the study area could contribute and the rainfall could act as a major triggering agent to both landslides and debris flows..."

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Ultrasonic Characterization of Compacted Salty Kaolin?Sand Mixtures Under Nearly Zero Vertical Stress Using Experimental Study

"...Understanding the dynamic behavior of soil is crucial for developing effective mitigation strategies for natural hazards such as earthquakes, landslides, and soil liquefaction, which can cause significant damage and loss of life..."

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