Very large and spectacular earthflow in Russia

Very large and spectacular earthflow in Russia

A very large and spectacular earthflow happened on April 1, 2015 on the road between Novokuznetsk and Bolshaya Talda, about 280 km ESE of Novosibirsk, Russia and was captured on video.

According to The Landslide Blog comment posted by Michal, the event took place at 13:00 local time.

"The landslide looks like it may have come from a large coal mine area. There are some diggings there like in the Hunter Valley in NSW Australia," Michal wrote.

Dave Petley, author of The Landslide Blog, said that whilst it is difficult to be certain, the most likely location appears to be at about 54.144, 87.098.  "This site has all of the correct characteristics, including the appearance of the topography, the presence of the high voltage cables and the structure of the road."

A comparison between Google Earth images taken on September 9, 2013 and September 8, 2014 suggests that there has been recent active storage of waste at this site. "The video suggests that it was this waste that collapsed to generate the landslide."

Featured image and video credit: Александр Гиниятуллин​

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