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.
According to a recent study, published in the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), three fierce flooding events, separated by thousands of years, are responsible for the formation of the 28km long and 100m deep Jokulsargljufur canyon, home to Europe's most powerful waterfall.
Flooding phenomena continue to strike many areas in Greece, causing serious problems in populated areas and farming land as existing levees can no longer restrain the waters of swollen rivers. See the extent of the damage in the video and photo gallery below!