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, 11 January 2013

At least 18 killed in a landslide in China

Chinese News agencies are reporting that a landslide overnight buried 16 households in Gaopo Village of Zhenxiong County, in Yunnan Province, China.  Whilst estimates vary as to the number of known fatalities, CRIEnglish reports 18 confirmed deaths from a total of 40 people buried in the landslide.  On the other hand, China Daily is reporting  16 deaths and 37 people unaccounted for, so it seems inevitable that the fatality count will rise further.

The timing of this event looks interesting and perhaps surprising.  The images of the landslide seem to show a thin covering of quite fresh snow, which is not an obvious condition for landslide triggering.  The overview image, shown below, is also interesting:
Judging by this image, the landslide was a reasonably rapid flow consisting mainly of mud and soil rather than bedrock:

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