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After deveral days of continuous rainfall, three train wagons of the Rhätische Bahn have been derailed by a shallow landslide on 13 August 2014, in the canton of Grisons (Switzerland). Luckily, as was the case with the train the pignes in France, the most critical wagon was retained by trees downslope, instead of falling 60 meters down into the ravine. Nevertheless, the landslide caused 1 casualty and several injured persons. 

Conf Padua 2014

We would like to focus your attention on the International conference on "Analysis and Management of Changing Risks for Natural Hazards". It will take place on 18-19 November 2014 in Padua, Italy. The focus of the conference focus is on:

  • technical sessions presenting the state of the art research in the understanding of the natural processes and in the development of innovative methodologies for quantitative hazard and risk forecasts
  • practical integration of natural, engineering, economical and human sciences within multi-scale methodologies for risk management and prevention planning

The conference provides an opportunity to discuss multi-hazard risks and multi-disciplinary research results on the effects of changing of hydro-meteorological risks and their effects on planning strategies. Here you can find more information.

On February 8th, 2014, a direct impact of a rockfall on the touristic train de pignes in the southern part of France (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, ) caused two casualties and one injured person. The two train wagons were derailed by the impact and subsequently retained by trees downslope. More information can be found here (in French).

An impressive rock mass fall occurred on 21 January 2014 in Tramin/Termeno, South Tirol, Italy. Luckily this event did not cause casulaties, but only quite some material damage. A silent witness shows that the event was not a complete surprise. Have a look at the Landslide Blog of Prof. Dave Petley for an interesting photo series of the event.

Amt für Wald und Landschaft, Obwalden

Scientific evidence that forests have a stabilising effect on slopes that are prone to shallow landsliding has been increasing over the last 20 years. Lateral reinforcement by tree roots seems to be the crucial factor here. To facilitate the quantification of the possible stabilising effect of a forest, ecorisQ, in collaboration with Massimiliano Scharz from the Bern University of Applied Sciences developed a rapid assessment tool called SlideforNET, which can be used online for free. Please have a try and if considered appropriate send us your feedback.