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China Crumbles

Posted by feww on June 20, 2009

China is crumbling one mountainside, a mine, couple of cities, two dozen dams …  at a time

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A mountainside collapsed in the Chongqing region of southern China on June 5, 2009,  dropping about  12 million cubic meters earth and rocks onto a cluster of homes and an iron ore mine, and trapping dozens of people.  Xinhua News Agency reported 64 people as missing after the landslide.

The Advanced Land Imager (ALI) onboard NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite captured this photo-like image of the landslide on June 17, 2009. Mountain ridges run generally north-south through this area, and the June 5 landslide occurs on the eastern slope of the middle ridge shown in the image. A giant brown scar of bare land on an otherwise vegetated landscape, the landslide fans out toward the southeast. The mountainside collapse appears to affect two roads—one road running along the top of the ridge, which borders the landslide, and another road to the east, which the landslide has partially buried.

NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using EO-1 ALI data provided courtesy of the NASA EO-1 Team. Caption by Michon Scott. Instrument: EO-1 – ALI. [Edited by FEWW.]

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