According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), 17% of Indonesia's population, this being translated to nearly 41 million people, live in areas susceptible to landslides. With landslide mitigation efforts still being minimal, people in the specific areas have faces medium to high risk of landslides during the latest rainy season.
As a result of the continuing landslides and their detrimental effects on property and infrastructure, the Arizona Geological Survey (AZGS) is about to begin a new landslide inventory project. The new project is going to help residents, state and federal authorities to efficiently prepare and deal with the consequences of future landslides.
Watch a breath taking video of the results of a volcanic eruption in the area of Ubinas, Peru, showing a massive landslide of lava and rubble. Filming of the incident was performed by the Geophysical Institute of Peru, taking geophysical measurements in the area when the landslide began.
Two new videos reveal the devastation caused by the magnitude 7.8 Nepal earthquake, that severely affected the country, are provided below. A short video taken during the earthquake shows massive landslides triggered by the seismic activity, while a drone that flew over the affectred areas after the earthquake captures breath taking pictures of the degree of destruction.
The torrential rains in Japan have caused flooding and landslides that have forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes. At least 27 people were injured and 25 missing according to the authorities.
On May 23rd, a landslide at a jade mine in Hpakant, Myanmar occurred killing at least 12 workers and leaving many more missing. Over 100 workers were in the area at the time and it is unknown how many were trapped under the debris.
Heavy rainfall on Monday in the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan has caused several mudslides that have left six dead. Most of the deaths are attributed to homes being destroyed by the landslides; the rest of the deaths are likely to have been caused by drowning. The village of Minamiaso has issued an evacuation order to citizens in at risk areas and the town of Mashiki has issued an evacuation advisory to all 34,000 residents.
On Monday, a pilot in the Mountain Flying Service discovered the aftermath of a massive landslide near Glacier Bay, Alaska. The landslide occurred early in the Morning on June 28th, but there were no people around to witness the event.
The landslide occurred on the Lamplugh Glacier. The side of the mountain, measuring about 4,000 feet tall, collapsed, causing a large chunk of the mountain to collapse. It is estimated that 150 million tons of rock was released in the ensuing avalanche and the debris field extended over 6.5 miles.
The Glacier Bay area which is located in Southeast Alaska is known for large landslides and avalanches and there have been five in the area recently. Colin Stark, a professor at Columbia University, stated that due to the relative infrequency of events of this magnitude around the world, it is important to study them when they occur. By his estimate, the force of the landslide was approximately 280 giganewtons and their seismometers detected this landslide. In fact, it was so large that it registered a 2.9 on the Richter Scale.
This landslide was a complete slope failure, extending from crest down to the toe of the slope. Researchers say that a study needs to be performed in order to determine the cause of the recent rise in landslide activity in Southeast Alaska.
The heavy rain that has plagued China this year continues and more areas are experiencing flooding as a result. In the Hunan Province, there were several landslides on Monday that caused significant damage and swept away houses and other buildings in Morong.
The 2016 monsoon season has been particularly severe in Nepal and has resulted in mass flooding and dozens of landslides. Reports indicate that there have been 73 deaths in 19 separate landslides in a single week. The landslides typically occur as a result of the heavy rainfall in areas with unstable soil conditions.