According to JapanToday, the death toll from the Typhoon Morakot caused mudslides and related damage could be as high as 600 after the typhoon dumped over 2-meters of rain (79-inches!) on the island nation. The mudslide that virtually destroyed the entire village of Hsiao-lin (guardian.co.uk) or Shiaolin (Japan Today) could have as many as 400-500 of those casualties. Most rescue efforts have been halted, but many people are still missing and possibly buried under mudslide and landslide debris as the Taiwanese President is coming under fire for his handling of disaster. (AP Photo via Guardian.co.uk)
An Italian farmer and his family had an unbelievably close call with some house-sized boulders. You have to see the pictures to believe it. The boulders were dislodged during a landslide on January 21 in Northern Italy. One of the boulders smashed through the barn and courtyard of the farm and cut a swath through their vineyard before stopping near a boulder from some previous rockfall / landslide event. That older boulder is even bigger, about the same size as the entire farmhouse and big enough to be seen on Google Earth! See below or download the KMZ file.
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[Update 12/6/07] San Diego City Council approved $20 Million for the repair of Soledad Mountain Road despite concerns by some about whether funds diverted to pay for the fix will ever be repaid by Federal and State monies. Additionally, shear pin installation mentioned on the next page is scheduled to be completed by Saturday. [/Update]
A lot has happened since my last post on the Soledad Mountain Road landslide in La Jolla. Iâ€™ll try to get you caught up on the latest with remediation and legal issues. Click through for the summary.