Thursday, June 3, 2010
Attabad Landslide Videos; Gulf Oil Spill update
Graphic from Dave's Landslide Blog.
Reuters has finally picked up on this situation with some statistics about the number of people displaced and villages at risk.
Events are progressing rapidly on two issues that I've been tracking. At Attabad, the flow rate over the spillway has increased dramatically (the last data point on the upper right), suggesting a change in the spillway conditions. No photography is yet available. A friend pointed out two videos of interest. The first is a short and haunting documentary about the conditions in the Hunza Valley--I had not realized that the main road for transportation of goods into China was cut off by the slide. The second is an eyewitness video of the landslide itself. It is amazing to see how long the slide took to be deposited, and also amazing that the photographers didn't start getting out of there!
UCAR has just issued a simulation of the movement of the Gulf oil slick. The broken BP well is in a relatively stagnant region of the Gulf and so it has been spreading slowly. Once it gets into the Loop Current, it accelerates to 40 miles per day, and then once it moves around Florida and enters the Gulf Stream, it is projected to reach speeds up to 100 miles per day. It may reach as far as Cape Hatteras before turning out to the Atlantic.
Posted by Susan W. Kieffer at 2:48 PM