Now You See It, Now you Don’t: This Landslide Filled a Lake.
As you're sitting here reading this a natural disaster somewhere may have occurred. On average according UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, natural disasters occur about 367 times per year.
They happen all over the world and we see footage on the news of villages, cars, and all sorts of man made materials up ended and we are all amazed and sometimes horrified by what we see.
Then there are videos captured like this one.
Have you ever seen a landslide take out a full body of water? This is a first for me and I see a lot of stuff on the internet.
Turns out after a little research, this video shows one of the biggest mining disasters the the world has ever seen. According to Wikipedia, the 2020 Hpakant Mining disaster is one for the books.
This place is one of the biggest Jade mines in Myanmar and due to it's size they also inadvertently attracts small freelance mining outfits that find gems in the rumble after the big guys go through it. According to the same article, this mining are has had trouble before with unstable sediment on the hillsides.
On July 1st, one day before the incident, people who mine these hillsides were warned not to move forward with their operations due to rain-waters making the hillsides unstable. The next day, the morning of July 2nd, massive mounds of mining waste fall down in an instant filling an entire lake with dirt turning it into mud.
You can see people fleeing from the wake at the bottom of the hillside, but some were not so lucky, reports say that once the mud waves hit, there was nothing anyone could do for the individuals too close to the water.
This is the biggest displacement of water I've ever seen, we probably would have heard about it, but we all know what was happening July of 2020.
See the video below.
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