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.
The rock at left travelled nearly a mile down the slope and picked up some significant velocity before impacting a house, hitting the back wall and damaging the ceiling before dropping through the floor into the garage and damaging the garage door. In an often-overlook advantage of the current financial crisis, the house was currently in foreclosure and therefore not occupied at the time of the damage. Read on for links, more info and a map of the location so you can view the terrain. (Photo by Provo Fire Department by way of Utah Geologic Survey)