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After 13 months closure due to landslides and rockfall from the magnitude-7.8 earthquake in November 2016, New Zealand State Highway 1 has opened today, with traffic again flowing north from Kaikōura. The crucial highway reconnects the major road route between Picton and Christchurch.

The ecorisQ association report 2016 was presented at the General Assembly 2017, which was organised on the 15th of november 2017 at the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences of the Bern University of Applied Sciences in Zollikofen, Switzerland. The number of members and member organisations increased from 190 in 2015 to 217 in 2016. The year report can be downloaded here.    

Video of a spectacular rockfall in Switzerland in the community of Evolène (Valais).

As the local geologists said, the rock had been considered as fragile and was under observation. About 2000 cubic meters of rock finally toppled from a cliff, falling down into the valley. A few houses got evacuated and one road closed before although the rocks did not reach this infrastructure. 

From 15 to 17 November 2016 the Rock Slope Stability Symposium 2016 (RSS 2016), will be organised in Lyon (France). RSS 2016 aims at gathering scientific and technical actors concerned by rock slope stability. Topics that will be treated are: 

  • Site investigation and rockfall hazard modelling
  • Monitoring techniques
  • Rockfall trajectory analysis
  • Risk management
  • Protection structures
  • Case studies

More information can be found on the Symposium website 

In 2014, the number of people who died due to shallow landslides was above average in Switzerland. A landslide in Tiefencastel, on August the 13th, derailed a train and caused one casualty. Furthermore, on 5 November, a farm house standing approximately 150 m from the forest limit was buried by a landslide in the municipality of Curio (Canton Ticino) after days of very heavy rainfall. A woman and her daughter were killed. Later, on the 16th of November, the impact of a landslide caused the collapse of a 3-storey residential building in Davesco (Canton Ticino). Four people were injured and two were killed. More information on natural hazards in Switzerland in 2014 can be found on the website of the WSL in German, in French or in Italian.