A rockslide occurred last weekend in the Batseri, located in Northern India about 650 km north of New Delhi. The event was captured on several cell phone videos, but the one below is my pick for the most fascinating and terrifying. It shows several large rocks on the order of 5-6′ diameter at least that go airborne for a long-distance…right towards the videographer. One rock narrowly misses the abutment of a small bridge, and another one hits the bridge itself, bringing down the entire structure. The Landslide Blog has more details and links to some of the other videos. It’s not shown in this video, but apparently, 9 people were killed and three injured by this event when a tour bus was struck one or more rocks.
Nearly 100 villagers living upstream from the Three Gorges dam have been forced to leave their homes under threat of a landslide, which officials fear was disturbed during the filling of the dam’s reservoir last year, Xinhua News Agency reported last week. Read on for more info. (Photo by enkai)
On March 21, 2008 a landslide caused the closure of Arizona State Route 87 between Payson and Phoenix near mile post 224. So far there are no official estimates as to the size, but based on aerial photos, it appears to be at least 50,000 sq-ft in plan. The offset at the head scarps was approximately 2-meters (6.6-ft) according to AZGS Geologists on site. It appears to have been a rotational slide as the toe of the landslide heaved the southbound roadway up by as much as 1-meter (3.3 ft). There was an existing soil-nail retaining wall on the slope that was destroyed by the slide as well. Lateral deformations can be seen in photos of the median barrier and the roadway striping. The deformations extended into the northbound lanes as well. More photos and links after the break. (Photo by ADOT)