An article by the NZ Herald reports that recommendations for slope monitoring and early warning made by a geotechnical consulting firm in a report 2 years before the initial failure were not adopted by Auckland Transport. The Birkenhead landslide initially took out 25 parking spaces in a retail area in October of 2017, and a larger landslide in November of the same year took out a micropile or other drill rig working to stabilize the site. Local officials defended the decision, indicating that they instead opted for regular site visits and visual observation of cracks noted in the report. The initial recommendations by GHD Engineers included the monitoring as a minimum, and also recommended several stabilization options in the range of $500k. The current estimates to repair the landslide are $14M to $24M.
A landslide in Logan Utah caused a portion of a canal to fail, causing a second mudslide. Three people, a mother and two children, were believed to be buried when the mud and debris hit their home. Rescue efforts were halted fairly quickly because of concern regarding the stability of the hillside. So far I have not read any reports that the bodies have been recovered. Map, Videos and more after the break. (Photo by Mike Terry, Deseret News, hat tip to Landslides Under a Microscope Blog)
The people living on the eastern bank of the Traunsee (map on following page) in Austria are able to observe geology in motion these days. About one million tons of soil and rock are moving in a slow landslide toward the lake, throwing over trees (picture at left) and threatening to take parts of a village with them. Moreâ€¦