Massive landslide strikes Karl-Marx village in Kyrgyzstan amid snowmelt season
A massive landslide, encompassing an estimated 1 million cubic meters (1.3 million cubic yards) of earth, struck the Karl-Marx village in Jalpak-Tash rural municipality, Uzgen, Kyrgyzstan on the night of March 22, 2023.
Dr. Dave Petley, a renowned landslide expert and author of The Landslide Blog, analyzed the head scarp area of the Jalpak-Tash landslide.
He observed a deep-seated landslide source with a possible minor rotational component in the failure. Dr. Petley described the main part of the landslide track as an earthflow, adding that the video footage available seemed to indicate that the landslide was still creeping at the time of the failure.
The exact location of the landslide is yet to be confirmed. However, preliminary research suggests that it might be in close proximity to Kurbu-Tash. Notably, the area experienced a large landslide in 2017, which bore similarities to the recent March 22, 2023 event.
An emergency situation has been declared for the village, with the residents of 18 houses having been evacuated, but the risk is considered to be low. The rate of movement has been recorded at about 3 m (9.8 feet) per hour.
While the trigger for the landslide remains unknown, it is worth noting that this time of year marks the snowmelt season in this region of Kyrgyzstan. The 2017 landslide also took place in the spring, further supporting the theory that melting snow could be a contributing factor.
1 A remarkable landslide at Karl Marx village, in Jalpak-Tash, Kyrgyzstan – The Landslide Blog – March 24, 2023
Featured image credit: AKI Press
If you value what we do here, create your ad-free account and support our journalism.
Your support makes a difference
Dear valued reader,
We hope that our website has been a valuable resource for you.
The reality is that it takes a lot of time, effort, and resources to maintain and grow this website. We rely on the support of readers like you to keep providing high-quality content.
If you have found our website to be helpful, please consider making a contribution to help us continue to bring you the information you need. Your support means the world to us and helps us to keep doing what we love.
Support us by choosing your support level – Silver, Gold or Platinum. Other support options include Patreon pledges and sending us a one-off payment using PayPal.
Thank you for your consideration. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Commenting rules and guidelines
We value the thoughts and opinions of our readers and welcome healthy discussions on our website. In order to maintain a respectful and positive community, we ask that all commenters follow these rules:
We reserve the right to remove any comments that violate these rules. By commenting on our website, you agree to abide by these guidelines. Thank you for helping to create a positive and welcoming environment for all.