This blog provides a commentary on landslide events occurring worldwide, including the landslides themselves, latest research, and conferences and meetings. The blog is written on a personal basis by Dave Petley, who is the Wilson Professor of Hazard and Risk in the Department of Geography at Durham University in the United Kingdom.

This blog is a personal project that does not seek to represent Durham University.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Italian debris flood video

Thanks to Ivan Montanari for highlighting this one.  Youtube has an extraordinary video of a debris flood that appears to have occurred yesterday at Atrani on the Amalfi Coast in Italy:

The video makes a slowish start, so keep watching.  This is the first debris flow of cars that I have seen on video...!  This is a Google Earth perspective image of Atrani:

I guess it is not hard to see how very heavy rainfall, or another hydrological event in the catchment, can lead to such an event.


Anonymous said...

Impressive video! This also remainds me of what happened in Madeira island (I'm from Portugal)on February 20th this year. You can search on youtube by "inundações madeira" and some videos with impressive images will show.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Such a powerful flow! This is a great example of how geologic processes can overrun and bury areas and wildlife. Fossil bed discoveries that describe large numbers of plants and animals being quickly buried could owe their existence to events like this. I hope there is an engineering solution for this town and other like it along the coast that can be implemented.

Ivan said...

Here are some pictures of the day after situation. One girl is unfortunately unaccounted for

Anonymous said...

This link is from a fall '09 storm in the area near Manila


Anonymous said...

Youtube tip: Specify the start time to skip the boring part at the beginning, link like this: