Swiss officials announced over the weekend that they would halt search operations for 8 missing hikers after a massive landslide near the small village of Bondo, Switzerland. Geologists toured the source area by helicopter and determined it was unsafe to continue the search. The event is referred to as a rock avalanche by the Landslide Blog, and Professor Petley had two links to videos of the event. The first, showing the initiation of the landslide is shown below. The landslide occurred on Piz Cengalo above Bondo on August 25 and resulted in a debris flow 5 km downstream at the town.
This is definitely the season for landslides, mudslides, debris flows and other mayhem in Oregon and elsewhere in the pacific northwest. It seems like every time I turn around there is another Google Alert in my inbox about a landslide related issue in that area. Having a hard time keeping up with it all, I decided to try something new. Click through to see a map of automatically updated landslide news in Oregon. Lets call it a Beta…so we’ll see if it works out. If it does, maybe I’ll try something similar for other areas or other items that tend to make it into the news. (Photo by Ross William Hamilton/The Oregonian)