Category: Landslides


Balkans Submerged by Historic Floods Threatening Thousands

More than 20 people have been killed in the worst floods in more than a century in Serbia and Bosnia.

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    A group is evacuated on an amphibious vehicle over flooded streets in the town of Obrenovac, Serbia, on May 17, 2014.

    Landslides triggered by unprecedented rains in Bosnia have left hundreds of people homeless, while thousands more have fled their homes in neighboring Croatia and Serbia as Balkan countries battle the region’s worst flooding since modern records began.


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    Children sit in a bus after being evacuated from the flooded town of Obrenovac, Serbia, on May 17.


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    Homes sit submerged due to overflowinh rivers in Doboj, a northern city of Bosnia and Herzegovina on May 16.

    More than two dozen people have died, said authorities, who warned the death toll could rise.


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    Serbian army soldiers evacuate people from a flooded house in the town of Obrenovac, Serbia, on May 16. Rapidly rising rivers surged into homes, sometimes reaching up to the second floors, sending people climbing to rooftops for rescue.


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    People stand in their apartments as they wait to be evacuated in the flooded town of Obrenovac, Serbia, on May 17. Authorities said 25 people have died but warned the death toll could rise.


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    A group is evacuated on a boat over flooded streets in the town of Obrenovac, Serbia, on May 17.


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    Serbian army soldiers evacuate a boy from a flooded house in the town of Obrenovac, Serbia, on May 17.


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    Houses sit damaged from heavy rains in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on May 17. Throughout hilly Bosnia, floods are triggering landslides covering roads, homes and whole villages. About 300 landslides have been reported, and stranded villagers often are being rescued by helicopter.

     

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More than 20 dead, thousands evacuated in Bosnia, Serbia floods

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People stand in their apartments as they wait to be evacuated in the flooded town of Obrenovac, southwest of Belgrade, Serbia May 17, 2014. REUTERS-Marko Djurica
1 of 11. People stand in their apartments as they wait to be evacuated in the flooded town of Obrenovac, southwest of Belgrade, Serbia May 17, 2014.

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(Reuters) – More than 20 people have been killed in the worst floods in more than a century in Serbia and Bosnia, authorities said on Saturday, with thousands evacuated from towns still under threat from rising rivers.

The death toll in Bosnia alone reached 19, including nine found on Saturday when waters receded from the northeastern town of Doboj.

Thousands of volunteers joined soldiers, police and fire-fighters in building flood barriers made of sandbags in the Serbian capital Belgrade and the western town of Sabac.

The River Sava hit its highest-recorded level in Serbia, the army said, rising at a rate of three centimeters (one inch) per hour after several days of the heaviest rainfall in almost 120 years.

Three people were confirmed dead in Serbia by Friday, and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said there were more fatalities in the town of Obrenovac, 30 km (18 miles) southwest of Belgrade, where soldiers deployed huge amphibious vehicles to rescue hundreds of people crammed into a primary school.

Authorities in Serbia said they would not give a death toll for Obrenovac, a town of some 30,000 people, until the waters had receded and the extent of the damage was clear.

A Reuters photographer said the entire town center was submerged under two to three meters (seven to 10 feet) of water.

Tens of thousands of homes in Serbia were cut off from electricity and around 150,000 in Bosnia, where Doboj suffered the most.

 

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Hunger and desperation as Afghan mudslide survivors wait for food

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Mudslide survivors in Argu village, Afghanistan. Photograph: Nasir Waqif/EPA

Lailema’s soft wailing filters through the canvas of her tent, a 12-year-old’s hopeless lament for her mother and a life that is gone forever. Her three younger siblings play on the dusty floor as her grandmother cries silently nearby and her uncle wonders how to feed his new dependents.

None of them have eaten since the landslide in the village of Aab Barik – in the north-eastern province of Badakshan – that took away their home and six relatives two days earlier, despite trucks full of food aid parked just a few metres away. No one has distributed the bags of rice, oil and other necessities, they say.

“They promised that they would hand them out after the government officials leave today,” said Khan Baay, the uncle, who was heading out to hear the vice-president, Yunus Qanuni, lead prayers for the dead and promise survivors whatever help they need, backed by a delegation of ministers, members of parliament and European ambassadors.

But many on the ground were less interested in pledges from dignitaries helicoptered in to survey the damage than getting their hands on something edible. “I am so hungry I could scratch your eyes out,” said Bibi Jaahan, a grandmother in her early 60s who lost her home and several relatives to the mud. “I haven’t eaten for over two days.”

Sharing her tent is Zaina, breastfeeding her 11-month-old son but worried that her milk is drying up, as he grumbles then starts crying. She has only scavenged a few biscuits to feed him, and knows he needs more solid food.

The Afghan Red Crescent was quick to hand out tents to those who lost their homes in last Friday’s devastating mudslide, and in the corner of newly motherless Lailema’s cramped new home, barely two metres wide and perhaps three times as long, there are new plates and tea cups but nothing to eat off them.

They were part of their package of “non-food items”, explains Ahmad, an official from the charity who stops by to check on the family. “We started handing out tents on Friday, but other organisations are responsible for food. We cannot provide everything ourselves.”

 

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5 May 02 2014 03:32 PM Landslide Afghanistan Province of Badakhshan, [Argu district] Damage level Details

 

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Landslide in Afghanistan on Friday, 02 May, 2014 at 15:32 (03:32 PM) UTC.

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Around 250 people were feared dead following a landslide in northeastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan. According to local government officials, the incident took place in Argu district and dozens of others have been trapped under the rocks. A local official in Badakhshan province said around around 250 people have been killed following the landslide while 200 houses and dozens of more people were trapped following the rockslide. Provincial police chief, Fazluddin Ayar confirmed that over 250 people were trapped following a landslide in Aab Khoshk village. Mr. Ayar further added that the incident took place around 12:00 pm local time and Afghan secuirty forces and rescue teams have been deployed to the area to assist the local residents. This comes as deputy Afghan interior minister Gen. Ayub Salangi earlier said around 200 houses were affected following the rockslide. Gen. Salangi had said preliminary reports suggest that the casualties due to the rockslide is around 200 people.

 

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Landslide in Afghanistan on Friday, 02 May, 2014 at 15:32 (03:32 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Friday, 02 May, 2014 at 16:13 UTC
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A landslide triggered by heavy rains buried a village Friday in northeastern Afghanistan, leaving as many as 2,000 people missing, a top official said. Badakshan province Gov. Shah Waliullah Adeeb said more than 2,000 people were missing after a hill collapsed on the village of Hobo Barik. Adeeb said the landslide buried some 300 homes in the area – about a third of all houses there. The governor said rescue crews were working but didn’t have enough equipment, appealing for shovels. “It’s physically impossible right now,” Adeeb said. “We don’t have enough shovels; we need more machinery.” He said authorities evacuated a nearby village over concerns about further landslides. Faziluddin Hayar, the police chief in Badakshan province, said the landslide happened about 1 p.m. Friday. Badakshan province, nestled in the Hindu Kush and Pamir mountain ranges and bordering China, is one of the most remote in the country. The area has seen few attacks from insurgents following the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan.

 

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Landslide in Afghanistan on Friday, 02 May, 2014 at 15:32 (03:32 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Saturday, 03 May, 2014 at 04:09 UTC
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A landslide triggered by heavy rain buried large sections of a northeastern Afghan village Friday, killing at least 350 people and leaving up to 2,500 missing. Villagers looked on helplessly and the governor appealed for shovels to help dig through the mass of mud that flattened every home in its path. The mountainous area in Badakhshan province has experienced days of heavy rain and flooding, and the side of a cliff collapsed onto the village of Hobo Barik at midday, burying it under up to 60 feet of mud and rocks, officials said. Landslides and avalanches are frequent in Afghanistan, but Friday’s was one of the deadliest. It was one of the worst natural disasters in recent memory in Afghanistan, where spring rainfall and snowmelt make the mountainous northeast susceptible to flash floods and mudslides. U.N. officials said more Afghans had been killed in natural disasters in the past seven days than in all of 2013. Gov. Shah Waliullah Adeeb said up to 2,500 people were missing after the landslide buried some 300 homes, about one-third of all the houses in the area. At least 350 people were confirmed dead, according to Ari Gaitanis, a spokesman from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. He said the U.N. was working with authorities to rescue trapped people.

The governor said rescue crews were working, but didn’t have enough equipment. “It’s physically impossible right now,” Adeeb said. “We don’t have enough shovels; we need more machinery.” The Badakhshan provincial police chief, Maj. Gen. Faziluddin Hayar, said rescue workers had pulled seven survivors and three bodies from the mounds of mud and earth, but held out little hope that more survivors would be found. “Now we can only help the displaced people. Those trapped under the landslide and who have lost lives, it is impossible to do anything for them,” Hayar said. Video footage showed that a large section of the mountain collapsed, sending mud and earth tumbling onto the village below. The landslide was likely caused by heavy rain, said Abdullah Homayun Dehqan, the province’s director for the National Disaster Department. He said the landslide happened about 1 p.m. Friday, a day of worship in Afghanistan when many families would have been at home instead of at work. President Obama said the United States was ready to assist. “I want to say on behalf of the American people that our thoughts are with the people of Afghanistan, who have experienced an awful tragedy,” he said at the White House during a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. U.N. humanitarian officials said some areas remained difficult to reach, making the scale of the damage unclear. Officials fear more landslides are possible because of more rain and melting snow. About 700 families living on a hillside near Aab Barik were told to move to higher ground and wait for emergency aid to reach them, Adeeb said.

 

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Landslide in Afghanistan on Friday, 02 May, 2014 at 15:32 (03:32 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Saturday, 03 May, 2014 at 05:22 UTC
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About 2,250 people are feared dead after a mudslide Friday buried an Afghan village in the far-north-eastern province of Badakhshan, a spokesman for the provincial governor said. More than 300 houses in Ab-e-Barik were swept away in the mudslide, which occurred after heavy rainfall, Naveed Ferotan said. “Our rescue teams have so far found 150 bodies in the area, and they are working hard to save the villagers,” he said. About 2,100 other people are missing and also feared dead, officials said. The mudslide first struck a wedding party, killing 250 people, and then buried nearly all of the village as well as farmland, said Haji Abdul Wadood Saeedi, governor of the Argu district, where Ab-e-Barik is located. About 300 families are missing, he said. The ground is still unstable, and people in nearby villages are scared they could also become victims, Saeedi said. Rescue teams were dispatched to the area and at least 1,500 people have been evacuated from Ab-e-Barik so far, Saeedi said. The United Nations said 700 families lived in Ab-e-Barik and at least 120 houses were destroyed. “Reportedly, 350 people have died and 580 families are at severe risk of further landslides,” said Ari Gaitanis, a UN spokesman in Kabul. “The village is flooded, and a drainage channel must be opened to prevent further destruction,” he said. The national government and United Nations planned their own rescue and aid response.

 

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Landslide in Afghanistan on Friday, 02 May, 2014 at 15:32 (03:32 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Saturday, 03 May, 2014 at 14:26 UTC
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At least 300 families have been burried under a hill that collapsed in a remote mountain village in northeast Afghanistan on Friday. The confirmed death count at present is 2,100, and is expected to rise in the coming days. “More then 2,100 people from 300 families are all dead,” Naweed Forotan, a spokesman for the Badakhshan provincial governorsaid. The United Nations said the focus was now on the more than 4,000 displaced by Friday’s disaster. There is a risk of further landslides in the area, officials said.

 

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Landslide in Afghanistan on Friday, 02 May, 2014 at 15:32 (03:32 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Sunday, 04 May, 2014 at 15:23 UTC
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The Afghan government officially named the scene hit by a massive landslide in Badakhshan province as a mass grave and started focusing on helping the survivors on Sunday. “The religious scholars and high level officials has convinced the locals to give up looking for dead bodies,” Haji Abdul Wadoud, governor of Argo district in Badakhshan told Anadolu Agency. “It is almost impossible to search for dead bodies,” he said. “When muslims die, they must be buried, and they are already under a huge hill of mud.” The first Vice President Mohammad Younus Qanooni also visited the area on Sunday along with some cabinet members and religious authorities. “All agreed that it would be named as the mass grave of Abe Barik martyrs,” Abdul Wadoud said. Early Friday afternoon, a massive landslide triggered by heavy rainfall engulfed the village of Abe Barik in northern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan. At least 300 families have been trapped under dirt and mud, whereas only 255 of the dead bodies have been identified so far, but the local authorities estimate that more than 2,100 people are dead. Heavy rains in the last few weeks have also caused flash floods in different parts of the country, taking dozens of lives and damaging hundreds of houses. Turkey’s IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation has delivered humanitarian aid to 350 families hit by Friday’s landslide disaster in Badakhshan province in northeast Afghanistan. “Emergency packages were prepared for 350 families in the first stage of the aid campaign,” Orhan Sefik, Central Asia regional coordinator of the foundation, told Anadolu Agency. He said the packages contained food, rugs, blankets and kitchen utensils, adding that the foundation would continue to provide aid to the area. Earlier, Noor Mohammad Khawari, head of the Badakhshan central hospital told Anadolu Agency that it would be tragic if the locals agreed to the village becoming a mass grave although he said it would require an extraordinary effort driving by a big number of professionals and machinery to find the buried individuals. “Now they are discussing securing the scene from the threat of floods so that members of the victim families can come here to prayer” Khawari added. In a statement released from his office late Saturday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he was deeply saddened after hearing the news of the landslide. The Afghan government has also announced a day of national mourning in the country.

 

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Afghan official says 2,000 missing after landslide

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A landslide triggered by heavy rains buried a village Friday in northeastern Afghanistan, leaving as many as 2,000 people missing, a top official said.

Badakhshan province Gov. Shah Waliullah Adeeb said more than 2,000 people were missing after a hill collapsed on the village of Hobo Barik. Adeeb said the landslide buried some 300 homes in the area — about a third of all houses there.

The governor said rescue crews were working but didn’t have enough equipment, appealing for shovels.

“It’s physically impossible right now,” Adeeb said. “We don’t have enough shovels; we need more machinery.”

He said authorities evacuated a nearby village over concerns about further landslides.

 

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More than 1,000 people have been cut off as landslides block roads in Italy and France [AFP]

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Landslide Italy Liguria Region, Via Aurelia Damage level Details

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Landslide in Italy on Monday, 20 January, 2014 at 03:47 (03:47 AM) UTC.

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Torrential rain in the Liguria region in northern Italy triggered landslides that have forced 200 people from their homes and cut off around 1,000 more in a remote mountain community, Italian media reported on Saturday. Road and rail traffic in the region has been badly hampered and parts of the Via Aurelia, an old Roman road connecting the Italian capital to the French border, have been closed because of multiple landslides. “The situation is really critical,” said Renato Briano, regional representative for the civil protection agency, as the poor weather conditions continued. The region is often affected by bad weather. The main city in Liguria, the port of Genoa, was badly hit by flash floods in November 2011 that claimed six lives and devastated several neighbourhoods.

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Italy and France pounded by heavy rain

The severe weather triggers flooding and landslides.

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More than 1,000 people have been cut off as landslides block roads in Italy and France [AFP]
Rain has poured over southern Europe over the past few days.The start of 2014 has been unsettled across the region, but over the past week the rain has turned very heavy.A number of roads have been blocked by landslides, floods and avalanches in southeast France and northern Italy.

In the Italian region of Liguria, landslides have forced 200 people from their homes and cut off more than 1,000 more.

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Landslides in Italy Force 200 from Their Homes

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Torrential rain in the Liguria region in northern Italy triggered landslides that have forced 200 people from their homes and cut off around 1,000 more in a remote mountain community, Italian media reported on Saturday.

Road and rail traffic in the region has been badly hampered and parts of the Via Aurelia, an old Roman road connecting the Italian capital to the French border, have been closed because of multiple landslides.

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  • A 300-yard section of the Tijuana-Ensenada toll road sunk into the Pacific Ocean on Saturday
  • Several small earthquakes shook the area on December 19 and cracks were seen in the lead up to the collapse
  • Road might be closed for up to year according to some media reports

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Cliff-side cracks: A cement truck driver was rescued from his vehicle after huge section of the Tijuana-Ensenada toll road cracked and slid 300 feet into the Pacific Ocean

Cliff-side cracks: A cement truck driver was rescued from his vehicle after huge section of the Tijuana-Ensenada toll road cracked and slid 300 feet into the Pacific Ocean

A cement truck driver is lucky to be alive after the coastal highway he was driving on in Mexico cracked and sunk some 300 feet down a mountainside into the sea near the U.S. border.

The driver was rescued by heavy machinery before his truck, along with a 300-yard section of the road, which leads to port city Ensenada on the Baja California peninsula, slid into the Pacific Ocean.

While it remains unclear what caused the landslide, fractures in the Tijuana-Ensenada toll road were seen after several small earthquakes ranging from 1.3 to 4.3 in magnitude shook the area on December 19, according to some media reports. By Saturday morning huge cracks appeared in the cliff-side, exacerbated by heavy rain, before it slid into the sea.

The landslide caused gaping holes, one more than 40 feet deep and 200 feet long.

 The collapse occurred about 58 miles south of the American border, closing the scenic road near the San Miguel toll booth.

Some media reports suggest that the road may remain closed for up to a year with vehicles advised to use a smaller, alternate freeway.

 

Mexican coastal highway slides into sea after earthquake

Fault line: Days before the road collapsed, several small earthquakes were recorded in the area and cracks started to appear in the road

Fault line: Days before the road collapsed, several small earthquakes were recorded in the area and cracks started to appear in the road

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Earthquakes, Rain to Blame for Collapse of Scenic Highway in Mexico

weather.com and Associated Press Published: Dec 30, 2013, 9:06 AM EST

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MEXICO CITY — Part of a scenic highway on Mexico’s West coast collapsed Saturday after a series of small earthquakes rocked the area.

The highway, popular with tourists, is 58 miles south of the U.S. border and Tijuana. The road leads to the port city of Ensenada, on the Baja California peninsula. Mexican officials say a 300-yard section collapsed and the road fell about 100 feet.

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The highway leads to Ensenada is a popular scenic route for tourists. (American Forces Network)

The road was closed shortly after the collapse. Traffic is now being diverted onto a smaller highway. No one was injured in the collapse.

The Mexican highway agency told the Associated Press that seven small earthquakes, combined with recent heavy rainfall, were to blame for the collapse. The road runs over a known geological fault, according to Mexican officials.

 

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North Texas and Southern Oklahoma 13 EQ in the last  7 days Landslides reported 11-09-2013

13 earthquakes in map area

  1. M 3.0 – 4km S of Springtown, Texas  2013-11-09 13:54:31 UTC-06:00 5.0 km

  2. M 2.7 – 7km SSE of Edmond, Oklahoma  2013-11-08 00:29:40 UTC-06:00 5.0 km

  3. M 2.5 – 5km SSE of Edmond, Oklahoma  2013-11-08 00:03:17 UTC-06:00 5.0 km

  4. M 3.2 – 7km SE of Edmond, Oklahoma  2013-11-07 23:50:05 UTC-06:00 5.0 km

  5. M 2.9 – 4km ESE of Springtown, Texas   2013-11-07 22:32:57 UTC-06:00 4.8 km

  6. M 2.7 – 6km E of The Village, Oklahoma   2013-11-07 16:50:15 UTC-06:00 5.0 km

  7. M 2.7 – 5km SSW of Springtown, Texas  2013-11-06 11:05:48 UTC-06:00 5.0 km

  8. M 2.6 – 2km ESE of Reno, Texas2013-11-05 21:32:09 UTC-06:00 5.0 km

  9. M 3.2 – 7km NW of Spencer, Oklahoma  2013-11-05 02:32:47 UTC-06:00 5.0 km

  10. M 2.5 – 1km SSE of Edmond, Oklahoma  2013-11-05 00:13:07 UTC-06:00 5.0 km

  11. M 3.8 – 5km WNW of Jones, Oklahoma   2013-11-04 22:01:35 UTC-06:00 5.9 km

  12. M 3.3 – 6km N of Spencer, Oklahoma  2013-11-03 19:52:02 UTC-06:00 7.1 km

  13. M 2.7 – 8km WNW of Jones, Oklahoma   2013-11-02 19:41:53 UTC-06:00 5.0 km

 

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Today Landslide USA State of Texas, Springtown Damage level Details

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Landslide in USA on Saturday, 09 November, 2013 at 05:02 (05:02 AM) UTC.

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A Springtown family is concerned about the integrity of its home since several sinkholes started appearing on its four-acre property four months ago. Tracey Napier said she is very nervous about them. “I’m not a worrywart, but I’m very worried about this,” she said. None of the holes appear to be deeper than a foot and most are quite small in diameter, but the results, the family says, are apparent. There is a large crack in the master bedroom window, and the front screen door appears to be out-of-line with the door frame. A fence post that was painted white all the way down to the ground several years ago now shows between one-and-a-half inches to two inches of unpainted wood at the bottom. The Napier family’s frustration began before five earthquakes shook the ground in the area around its community in the past seven days. Earthquakes were detected near the Mid-Cities, Reno and Springtown from Nov. 1-7. The U. S. Geological Survey reports a 2.1 magnitude quake was centered 1 mile southeast of Richland Hills just before noon on Nov. 1. Then, on Tuesday, a minor earthquake was reported near Azle. According to the U.S. Geological Survey’s website, the magnitude-2.6 earthquake hit about 1 mile east-southeast of Reno and about 2 miles north of Azle at about 9:32 p.m.

An aftershock to that earthquake was also felt Tuesday night at about 10 p.m. Wednesday was another shaky day in North Texas. The U.S. Geological Survey said a 2.7-magnitude earthquake was detected at 11:05 a.m. about 26 miles northwest of Fort Worth near Springtown. According to the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale, the vibration would have felt like passing heavy trucks. Stopped cars would rock, hanging objects to swing, windows, dishes and doors to rattle, glasses to clink and wooden walls and frames creak. There were no reports of injuries or damage in any of the earthquakes. Napier said her sinkholes and the nearby earthquakes are “just crazy.” Adding to the Napier family’s frustration is that they have yet to receive a clear answer explaining why any of this is happening. The family has reached out to the Parker County Commission, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Texas Department of Agriculture and other government agencies, but has gotten no explanation, Napier said.

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Nine killed in PNG landslide: reports

 

 

 

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Sydney (AFP) Nov 04, 2013


Nine people were feared dead Monday after a landslide tore through a village in Papua New Guinea’s rugged Highlands region burying homes, reports said.

Villagers were sleeping when the massive slip of earth, trees and debris crashed down a mountain side on Saturday night onto Kenagi village on the border of Eastern Highlands province, the Post Courier newspaper said.

Local councillor David Nondo said one body, of a 10-year-old boy, had been recovered but it would take days to dig up the dead from the landslide which cut the crucial Highlands Highway.

“The area is now a burial ground and we do not want people passing through at will,” Nondo told the paper.

“This means nothing — trucks, buses and passengers — are allowed to go into or drive over the area on the highway.”

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The next big earthquake on the Seattle fault could trigger destructive landslides in the city, potentially affecting a much larger area than previously thought, and in areas outside those currently considered to be landslide prone, a new University of Washington-led study shows.

“A major quake along the Seattle fault is among the worst-case scenarios for the area, since the fault runs just south of downtown.” said Kate Allstadt, a UW doctoral student in Earth and space sciences. “Our study shows the need for dedicated studies on seismically induced landsliding.”

Allstadt is the lead author of a paper documenting the research, published online Oct. 22 by the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. Co-authors are John Vidale, a UW professor of Earth and space sciences and Allstadt’s doctoral adviser, and Arthur Frankel of the U.S. Geological Survey, which funded the research.

The research offers a framework for simulating hundreds of earthquake scenarios for the Seattle area.

Map shows the path of the Seattle fault.

This map traces the course of the Seattle fault across Puget Sound, through the city and across Lake Washington to the Eastside.

While the region is vulnerable to deep earthquakes, shallow earthquakes and catastrophic quakes in the Cascadia subduction zone off the Pacific Northwest coast, a shallow crustal quake on the Seattle fault would likely be most damaging to the city.

The Seattle fault crosses Bainbridge Island and cuts across West Seattle and Beacon Hill, just south of downtown, then crosses Lake Washington to the eastern suburbs and the Cascade foothills. The last major quake on that fault was about 900 A.D., and scientists have documented that it triggered giant landslides that caused large tracts of forest land to slide to the bottom of Lake Washington.

The Seattle Basin that underlies much of the city amplifies ground motion and generates strong seismic waves that tend to increase the duration of the shaking. Allstadt said the hazard of landslides triggered by earthquakes is very high and warrants greater attention, in Seattle and in other areas prone to the phenomenon.

 

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01.07.2013 Extreme Weather Australia State of New South Wales, Sydney Damage level Details

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Extreme Weather in Australia on Monday, 01 July, 2013 at 05:49 (05:49 AM) UTC.

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Almost two weeks of heavy rain has wrought chaos across Sydney, causing trees to be uprooted and a landslide and embankment collapse at a train station. No-one was hurt when a concrete wall collapsed across the westbound lane and onto platform 4 at Harris Park Station near Parramatta on Sunday evening, but commuters on Sydney’s Western Line were advised to expect delays, particularly during the afternoon peak hour. Pieces of concrete, fencing and trees spilled across the platform and onto the tracks, and could take days to clean up, a Railcorp spokesman told News Ltd. June is traditionally Sydney’s wettest month, with 316 millimetres falling this year. While that’s more than double the average of 132 millimetres, it’s less than half the record 643 millimetres experienced in 1950. Earlier on Sunday, a fig tree collapsed in Hyde Park, reportedly narrowly missing two mothers and their children. Large trees in the park will be inspected on Monday to ensure they don’t pose a danger. In Centennial Park over the weekend, a tree fell across the children’s bicycle path, blocking the route. Security ranger Jose Rodriguez told AAP no one was around when the tree toppled, and that it would be cleared out of the way on Monday. The flooding was “pretty bad”, he said, with bridges underwater in parts of the park as ponds and lakes overflowed, washing out parts of walking trails near the Kensington gates. But if the weather improved the water would recede in two to three days, Mr Rodriguez said.

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Landslides,  Fallen trees in Sydney wet

Monday, July 01, 2013 » 11:41am

Almost two weeks of heavy rain has wrought chaos across Sydney, causing landslides and disruption.

Almost two weeks of heavy rain has wrought chaos across Sydney, causing landslides and disruption.

Almost two weeks of heavy rain has wrought chaos across Sydney, causing trees to be uprooted and a landslide and embankment collapse at a train station.

No one was hurt when the concrete wall collapsed across the westbound lane and onto platform 4 at Harris Park Station near Parramatta on Sunday evening, but commuters on Sydney’s Western Line were advised to expect delays, particularly during the afternoon peak hour.

Pieces of concrete, fencing and trees spilled across the platform and onto the tracks, and could take days to clean up, a Railcorp spokesman told News Ltd.

June is traditionally Sydney’s wettest month, with 316 millimetres falling this year.

While that’s more than double the average of 132 millimetres, it’s less than half the record 643 millimetres experienced in 1950.

Earlier on Sunday, a fig tree collapsed in Hyde Park, reportedly narrowly missing two mothers and their children.

Large trees in the park will be inspected on Monday to ensure they don’t pose a danger.

In Centennial Park over the weekend, a tree fell across the children’s bicycle path, blocking the route.

Security ranger Jose Rodriguez told AAP no one was around when the tree toppled, and that it would be cleared out of the way on Monday.

The flooding was ‘pretty bad’, he said, with bridges underwater in parts of the park as ponds and lakes overflowed, washing out parts of walking trails near the Kensington gates.

But if the weather improved the water would recede in two to three days, Mr Rodriguez said.

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ABC NEWS.net.au

July starts dry for Sydney after heavy rain brings a June drenching

Updated Mon Jul 1, 2013 10:57am AEST

Sydney has recorded its wettest June since 2007 with 316 millimetres falling in city during the last month.

The weather bureau says about 100 millimetres fell in the eastern parts of the city over the weekend, while Penrith recorded about 25 millimetres.

But the downpours have come to an abrupt end today, with sun forecast for the rest of the week.

The wet weather caused a raft of problems including water on roads as well as leaking roofs and fallen trees.

A second tree in Sydney’s Hyde Park will be turned to woodchips today after it was deemed unsafe.

A large fig tree in the park came crashing down on Sunday, narrowly missing two mothers and their children, prompting an urgent inspection this morning.

City of Sydney spokesman Gary Harding says the trees are checked regularly for safety concerns but the soggy weather had made the ground unsteady.

“All the rain that we’ve had we believe that’s probably contributed to the tree falling over,” he said.

“There will always be an element of risk with any tree but that’s the price you pay for having trees in parks and people love them and we need them.”

Meanwhile, passengers on Sydney’s western rail line are being advised to check the timetable and allow extra travel time due to a wall collapse at Harris Park station.

The wall collapsed at the station at about 6:00pm yesterday and debris fell onto the platform and four rail lines.

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