Biggest Landslides

Mar - 15 2017

Is the Bingham Canyon copper mine landslide the most expensive single mass movement in history?

Mar - 15 2017

Is the Bingham Canyon copper mine landslide the most expensive single mass movement in history? Further news is emerging about the landslide at Bingham Canyon copper mine last week.  The transparency of all involved is impressive to behold, and is a remarkable contrast to the much more costly in human terms landslide at the Jiama […]

More information on the disastrous mining-induced landslide in Tibet a fortnight ago

Mar - 15 2017

Questions continue to be asked about what I have been calling the Jiama/Gyama Mine landslide in Tibet.  First, it should be noted that this is a misnomer – the event should correctly be called the Tseri Mountain landslide I think, so from here-on in this will be how I refer to it.  Anyway, I thought […]

Landslide hazards in the aftermath of the Lushan earthquake in Sichuan

Mar - 15 2017

A number of Chinese media outlets have articles about the threats posed by landslides in the aftermath of the 20th May 2013 Lushan earthquake in Sichuan Province.  It is clear from the imagery (such as the image below) that landslides have represented a very significant component of the costs of this earthquake, although at present […]

Landslides and large dams – there may be trouble ahead…

Mar - 15 2017

Landslides and large dams – there may be trouble ahead… Yesterday I posted for the second time on the extraordinary landslide problem that has developed at the Laxiwa HEP station in China.  The wider question that goes with this is the degree to which this is an isolated problem, or could it be that this […]

Another landslide on a reservoir flank – Yesa in Spain

Mar - 15 2017

In the last few days I have posted a couple of times about a landslide on the banks of the reservoir from the Laxiwa Dam in China.  It hs been brought to my attention that there is another interesting, but this time in Europe, at Yesa in Spain.  The dam, which is located at 42.615N, […]