Second Landslide Takes Out Micropile Rig in NZ

Micropile drill rig damaged by landslide

What appears to be a micropile rig was working to stabilize a landslide on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand when a second landslide struck.  The initial landslide occurred in early October, affecting a parking lot in a suburban retail area and sending it down into the gorge.  A micropile drilling rig was working to stabilize the site in Birkenhead on November 28 when a second, larger landslide took out the rig, some fencing, and an access road.  Fortunately, no one was injured.  A spokesperson for Auckland Transport thought that the rig could be salvaged.

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