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December 21, 2022

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Special Welcome Message from Scott Burns

Welcome to the last two issues of the IAEG Connector for 2022. Our company that puts the newsletter together with IAEG gives its workers a two week holiday for the holiday season this time of the year so there will be no new news in this issue. The last two issues will look back at 2022 and see which articles our members downloaded the most, and they are ranked from 20-11 and then 10 to 1 in these last two issues! Everyone, enjoy this time of the year and have a super New Year! We will be back in January with lots of new news!

Thelkoloi: Another tailings failure, this time in India
The Landslide Blog
From Jan. 26: On Thursday 20 January 2022, another tailings failure occurred, this time at Thelkoloi in Odisha, India. The failure has been reported in some of the media in India, but not more widely.

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An unusual embankment failure near to Northampton
The Landslide Blog
From Feb. 9: As written by Dave Petley, "In the late autumn of in 2021, I was driving south from Sheffield to visit my daughter near to London in the U.K. I was on the M1 motorway close to the town of Northampton, in heavy traffic, when I fleetingly spotted what appeared to be surprisingly large, very new landslide in an embankment."

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Ibri: A large quarry landslide in Al-Dhahirah, Oman
The Landslide Blog
From March 30: On 27 March 2022 a series of large quarry landslides occurred at Ibri in Al-Dhahirah governorate in Oman. This event was captured on a dramatic video posted to YouTube.

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Video captures moment tourists hit by avalanche in Kyrgyzstan's Tian Shan mountains
CNN
From July 13: A group of tourists trekking in Kyrgyzstan's Tian Shan mountains on Friday survived a huge avalanche that swept right over them. One of the trekkers, Briton Harry Shimmin, managed to capture on video the moment snow chipped off a mountain top in the distance, before blanketing the slope and engulfing the group.

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Whitehorse escarpment, Yukon: A landslide caught on a monitoring camera
The Landslide Blog
From June 1: A month ago, on 30 April 2022, a large failure developed on Robert Service Way close to downtown Whitehorse. This landslide, with an estimated volume of 3-4,000 cubic metres, caused some disruption but no loss of life. Further potentially unstable locations have been identified, most notably near to Jeckell St. and 6th Avenue.

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Venezuela landslides: Dozens killed as homes swept away
BBC
From Oct. 12: The number of people killed has risen to 36, and 56 others are missing, after landslides swept away their homes in the Venezuelan town of Las Tejerías. About 1,000 emergency personnel are taking part in search and rescue operations. "We're trying to save whoever we can and are expressing our condolences to all those who have lost a loved one," Vice-President Delcy Rodríguez said.

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Wairoa: Hundreds of landslides triggered by heavy rainfall in New Zealand
The Landslide Blog
From April 27: The last few weeks have seen high levels of rainfall in the Wairoa area of New Zealand. Most notably, in late march a series of major rain events triggered multiple landslides in this important agricultural area within Hawke’s Bay.

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Seri Kembangan: An impressive cut slope failure in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Landslide Blog
From Feb. 2: On 25 January 2022 a large cut slope failure occurred on the banks of a drainage channel in Seri Kembangan, a suburb of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. This event was notable because it was caught by local people on a set of spectacular videos.

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A drone video of the B4069 Lyneham landslide
The Landslide Blog
From March 16: As written by Dave Petley, "On 25 February, I blogged about the Lyneham landslide, a substantial failure on the B4069 road at Dauntsey Banks in Wiltshire, in southern England. With thanks to Stuart Lewis, who highlighted in a comment to that original post that a video has now been posted to YouTube that provides drone footage of the landslide."

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The very large urban landslide at Morro da Oficina in Petrópolis
The Landslide Blog
From Feb. 23: Information is slowly emerging about the magnitude of losses from the landslides and flood resulting from the exceptional rainfall event in Petrópolis. The confirmed death toll is now 110 people, with a further 35 people reported as missing.

Related: 'Like a war zone': Deaths in Brazil floods, mudslides top 100 (Al Jazeera)
Letter from João Jeronimo Monticelli, Geologist and Geotechnician, Brazil, Past President of ABGE (2012-2013)


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CALENDAR OF EVENTS


IAEG Events
IAEG Congress
September 2023
Chengdu, China
14th Asian Regional Conference of IAEG
November 6-8, 2023
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
2nd Latin American Regional Conference of IAEG
November 13-15, 2024
Pucon, Chile
Pucon, Chile
October 2-6, 2024
Dubrovnik, Croatia
4th African Regional Conference of IAEG
Middle of 2024
Botswana
15th Asian Regional Conference of IAEG
15th Asian Regional Conference of IAEG
Dhaka, Bangladesh

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