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.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Intriguing landslide of the week – catastrophic bluff collapse at WE Energies plant at Oak Creek in Wisconsin

Summary: An initial report of a landslide that occurred yesterday at the WE Energies electricity generating station in Wisconsin, USA.  Some thoughts on possible causes are included.

In Wisconsin yesterday a landslide occurred at the WE Energies power station complex near to Oak Creek in southern Wisconsin.  This is the site, which is located on the western edge of Lake Michigan:

The landslide has occurred on the southern side of the complex in an area that is being developed for pollution control equipment (presumably sulphur scrubbers or suchlike).  It appears to be a fairly mobile flow slide that covered an area that is reported to be “the size of a football field”:

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