Some mountain climbers got the scare of their life when a huge, tabular boulder came flying down the mountain and barely missed striking the cameraman and then another person. It occurred at the base camp for Spantik, a mountain in the Spantik-Sosbun Mountains of Northern Pakistan. Fair warning: there is a (well justified) expletive in there. Try watching it at 1/4 speed to really see what’s happening.
Landslides in China – Sichuan and Guangxi
In Sichuan Province, China, they were still in the recovery process from the devastating 2008 earthquake when a series of landslides, rockfall, mudslides and flooding has hit the region. Dave’s Landslide Blog has excellent coverage as usual on the slide pictured here, which blocked a major road, hindering rescue efforts. (Photo Xinhua/Jiang Hongjing)
A remarkable video of the aftermath of a bridge destroyed by one of these rockfall / landslide events is shown below. The destruction is pretty profound. (Via Geology.com)
Also on Dave’s blog, a landslide in Guangxi caused a train to derail, killing 4 people and injuring 50. My heart truly goes out to the people of those portions of China, particularly in Sichuan as they have been through so much.