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The region of Plomari in the Island of Lesvos, Greece, was struck by rockfalls for the second time in less than a month.

Thursday, 19 January 2017 01:00

Massive Landslide Strikes Northern Argentina

Intense rainfall caused a major landslide event in the northern Argentine province Jujuy last week.

The Louisiana State Government continues to send aid in response to the mass flooding throughout much of the state. Reports say that emergency responders have rescued over 1000 people so far. Flash flood warnings are in effect for much of the southern part of the state and officials are urging people to evacuate areas at high risk for flooding. 

The mass flooding was caused by a historic amount of rainfall. Many areas experienced approximately 21 inches of rain in just 24 hours causing rivers to surge and flood their banks. A high number of nearby residents did not evacuate, believing the water would not reach their homes. As a result, many had to be rescued as their homes were nearly submerged.

Over 1250 national guard soldiers have been dispatched to affected areas to provide aid. Along with them, 170 high water vehicles, 20 boats, and 5 helicopters have been deployed. Even so, stories have arisen of citizens helping others in need across the state. Three men in a boat rescued a woman and her dog from a rapidly sinking car last weekend. 

A state of emergency has been declared for southern Louisiana and it is expected to remain in place until September 10th. 

Source: CNN

Early in the morning on Friday, July 1st, a landslide occurred in the Guizhou Province of China trapping 30 people under debris. As of Sunday, all missing persons were accounted for. Unfortunately, 23 people were killed while the remaining 7 were transported to local hospitals in serious condition but are expected to survive.

The landslide was caused by heavy rainfall in the area. Much of China has experienced greater than average rainfall this year. Just last week a hurricane-force storm killed 98 people in Jiangsu Province. 

Soldiers and rescue workers were dispached to the Guizhou Province to search for those lost in the landslide. Now that everyone is accounted for, reconstruction and repair of the area has begun. Over 95,000 cubic meters of material was moved by the landslide which covered 19,000 square meters. Over 120,000 people were displaced due to the size of the landslide.

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Heavy rainfall on Monday in the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan has caused several mudslides that have left six dead. Most of the deaths are attributed to homes being destroyed by the landslides; the rest of the deaths are likely to have been caused by drowning. The village of Minamiaso has issued an evacuation order to citizens in at risk areas and the town of Mashiki has issued an evacuation advisory to all 34,000 residents.

On May 8th, a landslide occurred at the site of a future hydropower plant in Taining county of the Fujian province in China; 41 workers were unaccounted for.

 

Wednesday, 02 September 2015 10:42

Video: The Heavy Rains Trigger Landslides

Writers at NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio said "Landslides are one of the most dangerous natural hazards on the planet. Between 2007 and 2015, there were more than 25,000 reported deaths due to rainfall-triggered landslides around the world,"

Monday, 15 June 2015 08:30

Central Texas Floods-May 23-25, 2015

Significant rainfall moved across Central Texas over Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25, 2015, causing flooding damage to Austin and the surrounding towns of Blanco, Wimberley, San Marcos, and Bastrop.

Heavy rainfall in northwestern Italy has triggered many extensive landslides recently, particularly in the Liguria region, where over 100 landslides occurred according to La Presse.

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A paper by Robbins et al. 2013, reviews the landslide that occurred on January 24, 2012 in the Tagali Valley, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea (PNG). The fatal consequences of the landslide near the Tumbi Quarry, led to another investigation of the event.

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