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Coverage of landslides since February 8, 2024.

Heavy winter rains in Pakistan kill at least 29 as buildings collapse and landslides block roads

"...Five people died in the southwestern Baluchistan province after the coastal town of Gwadar got flooded, forcing authorities to use boats to evacuate people..."

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1 foreign skier killed and 3 rescued after avalanche hits popular ski resort in Indian-held Kashmir

"...Avalanches and landslides are common in Kashmir and have caused heavy death tolls for the Indian and Pakistani armies camped near the mountainous and forested militarized Line of Control that divides Kashmir between the nuclear-armed rivals..."

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Saturated California gets more rain and snow, but so far escapes severe damage it saw only weeks ago

"...LOS ANGELES (AP) Much of saturated California faced the threat of flooding Tuesday with winter storms blowing through, but so far the state has escaped the severity of damage from mudslides, wind and rain spawned by an atmospheric river only weeks ago..."

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Flood watches issued as another round of wet winter storms hits California

"...SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The latest in a series of wet winter storms blew ashore in Northern California on Sunday, with forecasters warning of possible flooding, hail, strong winds and even brief tornadoes as the system moves south over the next few days..."

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Turkey detains company director as part of inquiry into gold mine landslide that left 9 missing

"...Experts warned the landslide could be an environmental hazard as the soil was laced with dangerous substances, including cyanide, used in gold extraction. They said it may affect the nearby Euphrates River which stretches across Turkey, Syria and Iraq. The ministry had closed down a stream leading to the river to prevent water pollution..."

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Hundreds of rescuers deployed in search for 9 workers missing at landslide-hit Turkish gold mine

"...Experts, meanwhile, have warned that the landslide may carry environmental risks. Geologist Suleyman Pampal said the soil that formed the landslide had been processed for gold and may contain dangerous substances such as cyanide that is used to extract gold. He also warned of a threat to the nearby Euphrates River..."

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Climate activists target Botticelli's

"...Two climate activists on Tuesday targeted Botticellis masterpiece The Birth of Venus hanging at Florences Uffizi Gallery, attaching images of recent flood damage in the Tuscany region on the protective glass..."

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Workers at a gold mine in Turkey are believed trapped underground

"...ISTANBUL (AP) Nine workers are believed to be trapped underground after a landslide hit a gold mine in eastern Turkey on Tuesday, officials said..."

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54 people are confirmed dead in a landslide that buried a gold-mining village in south Philippines

"...The search operation has been hampered by poor weather and fears of more landslides. More than 1,100 families have been moved to evacuation centers for their safety, disaster response officials said..."

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B.C. snowpack about 40% below normal, as Eby worries of 'dramatic drought conditions'

"...Eby says he's “really worried” about the coming summer, and the only thing that “eclipses” his concern about drought is watching atmospheric rivers of rain sweep over California, causing landslides and flooding that have killed several people..."

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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.

'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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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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Uncut and Unseen: Greenland Tsunami (First Wave to Largest Wave in 6 mins.)

"...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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Academic Research

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

Flood susceptibility mapping through geoinformatics and ensemble learning methods, with an emphasis on the AdaBoost-Decision Tr

"...The analytical framework incorporated a spectrum of influential parameters, encompassing Elevation, Slope, Aspect, Rainfall, land use, Vegetation Differentiation Index (NDVI), Soil Hydrology Groups, Proximity to the River, Distance from Landslides, Topographic Wetness Index (TWI), Stream Power Index (SPI), and Sediment Transport Index (STI) for spatial modeling..."

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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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Developing an earthquake model based on simultaneous peak ground acceleration occurrences using the D-vine copula approach

"...Indonesia is susceptible to natural disasters including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, floods, and landslides..."

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Mechanism analysis of Zulongding landslide on gentle piedmont slope: a creeping landslide triggered by rainfall

"...Due to increasing extreme heavy rainfall events, landslides have increased significantly on gentle piedmont slopes in Jiangsu Province, China, in recent years..."

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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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Seismic landslide susceptibility assessment using principal component analysis and support vector machine

"...Susceptibility assessment of earthquake-triggered landslides provides the scientific basis and theoretical foundation for disaster emergency management in engineering projects..."

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Deformation prediction of rock cut slope based on long short-term memory neural network

"...The cut slope graben is affected by the lithology of strata, rainfall, and man-made excavation, which is a complex geotechnical system..."

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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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Landslide Susceptibility Evaluation and Hazard Zonation for Idukki district?A Case Study from Kerala, India

"...Previous research has found that the frequency and amplitude of landslides are increasing in many hilly or mountainous locations due to constant disruption by human activities such as urbanization, agricultural expansion, deforestation, clear-cutting, shifting agriculture, and inadequate road construction..."

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Optimization of rainfall thresholds for landslide early warning through false alarm reduction and a multi-source validation

"...This study proposes an innovative approach to develop a regional-scale landslide forecasting model based on rainfall thresholds optimized for operational early warning..."

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