Massachusetts has experienced a large number of structural failures over the past month due to extreme snowfall. This past Wednesday (March 4th), after an additional 2 inches of snow accumulation, some 20 roof collapses occurred across the state including a large industrial complex in Hyde Park. A 10,000-ft2 section of the roof failed causing a 150-foot long section of CMU wall to crumble into the street alongside the complex. Power and gas lines were also damaged in the failure. Officials stated that this group of collapses brings the total to 21 since February 9.
Four new craters in the Siberian permafrost in northern Russia are raising fears that global warming may be causing underground gas explosions. Scientists are still investigating the causes for the crate formation stating that this could be the same phenomenon that formed the Bermuda Triangle.
The railway line connecting Banbury and Leamington Spa was blocked with nearly 350,000 tonnes of soil and rubble after a massive landslide in early February. Satellite photographs of the area, from 2006 till 2012 show the gradual deforestation of the adjacent slope, this being considered the main reason for the landslide.
A few months after the extensive destruction at Mount Polley copper and gold mine, the independent panel, responsible for investigating the causes for the release of millions of cubic meters of sludge into the neighboring lakes and rivers of the south-central British Columbia, Canada, issued its 156-page "Report on Mount Polley Tailings Storage Facility Breach". The report was commissioned by the British Columbia Energy and Mines minister.
Contrary to the common belief that landslides are violent, quickly evolving natural phenomena, triggered by heavy rain, earthquakes or volcanic activity, today's time lapse proves that landslides may move much slower. The time lapse presents the evolution of a landslide in Switzerland over a time span of 20 months as monitored by a Swiss consulting firm.