Monthly Archives: November 2014

Fête des Sciences de la Terre Lausannoises

Le 17 janvier 2015 dès 8h30 (ou 11h30)

Image des Dents du Midi B. Matasci (COLTOP-3D)


Le comité des anciens de l’institut des Sciences de la Terre de l’Université de Lausanne vous invite pour

une journée de rencontre des actuel(le)s et ancien(ne)s étudiant(e)s, collaborateur(trice)s, docteurs, doctorant(e)s et enseignant(e)s dans le nouveau bâtiment de l’Institut des Sciences de la Terre – GEOPOLIS

Pour avoir accès aux photos de la journée, veuillez nous contacter.


Avec le soutien de :


  • 8h30 : Accueil des personnes participant aux conférences (GEOPOLIS 1612)
  • 9h : Conférence programme
    • Prof Dan Marshall (University of Simon Fraser, Canada): L’énigme de l’émeraude zonée
    • Sophie Paychere(GUL): Haïti, Terre cassée ?
    • Gabriele Bianchetti (Directeur ALPGEO): Parcours d’un géologue “mouillé” et exemple d’un projet de géothermie profonde
  • 10h30 Pause-Café
    • Nhung Agustoni-Phan (GUL): La géologie ouvre les portes
    • Pauline Baland (swisstopo): 10 ans après… de la géologie à la cartographie géologique
    • Prof. Arthur Escher (GUL): Le passé et l’avenir du genre humain
  • 11h30 accueil des personnes ne participant pas aux conférences (GEOPOLIS)
  • 12h00 Début du buffet
  • Menu
    • Menu
      Mix de salades composées
      Plateaux de terrines
      Planchettes de viande froide
      Meringues et crème
      eaux et vins compris
  • Dès 15h visite du bâtiment GEOPOLIS possible

Contact :

Anne-Marie Magnenat (021 646 31 93;

Anne-Marie Chagros (021 692 43 00, en cas d’absence rappelez ;

Accès: -> carte

Prière de confirmer votre venue et si vous êtes accompagnés

Participation demandée 70.- CHF/pers. (pour étudiant(e)s actuel(le)s 30.- CHF et 40.- CHF doctorant(e) actuel(le)s) à verser à :

Pangea ; Ass. des étudiants en Sciences de la Terre de l’Uni. Lausanne ; 1015 Lausanne ; CH58 0900 0000 1755 5678 3 ; CCP : 17-555678-3

jusqu’au 15 décembre 2014.

Rappel : Si nous avons oublié quelqu’un n’hésitez pas à le ou la contacter.

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New weather stations and LIDAR scans in Nepal

A team from UNIL Risk Analysis Group recently conducted a field study trip in the Pokhara area of Western Nepal, where UNIL (in collaboration with IUCN) is establishing three bio-engineering sites along three road segments with erosion/shallow landslide problems. The purpose is to demonstrate low-cost bio-engineering measures combining simple civil engineering and vegetative solutions in collaboration with local communities. Each site now has an automated weather station and plant test plots are being established to test drought resistance. The team also visited and scanned a recent large landslide (6 million m3) named Mankha/Sun Koshi River landslide which killed 145 people.


Mudslide crashed into a small building in the Swiss Alps

A three-storey appartment building was destroyed by a landslide on November 16th 2014 in the canton of Ticino, Switzerland. Two women were killed.

At 2:30 pm, a wall -weakened by the heavy rainfalls- located 50m away and above the building broke, releasing 500 m3 to 1’000 m3 of muddy material in the Davesco-Soragno village, near of Lugano. Hundred rescuers accompagnied by sniffer dogs worked during the night in the rubble to find the victims. Besides two fatalities, one man was seriously injured, three persons were slightly injured and one person kept uninjured.

Strong rain precipitations occurred since at least ten days before the event on the area of Lugano. This landslide occurred 11km away from the previous disaster where two persons were killed 11 days ago.

Sources: bbc, rts, 24heures and 20minuten.

Davesco-Soragno - Keystone/Gabriele Putzu Keystone/Gabriele Putzu

Davesco-Soragno 2 - Keystone/Gabriele Putzu Keystone/Gabriele Putzu

Davesco-Soragno 3 - Keystone/Gabriele Putzu Keystone/Gabriele Putzu

Davesco-Soragno, event location / Copyright: swisstopo Copyrights Swisstopo


Landslide destroy a house in Swiss Alps

A two-storey house located in a large wooded area was destroyed by a landslide on November 5th 2014 in the canton of Ticino. The two occupants, a mother and her three years old daughter, were killed.

Shortly after 6:00 pm, a 1’000 m3 landslide composed of mud, trees and rock masses flew over 150 meters and hit a house of the Bombinasco village, 10km West of Lugano. Eighty people (rescuers, firefighters and sniffer dogs) worked all the night in the rubble and found the two victims at 4:30 am the following day.

Strong rain precipitations occurred before and during the event on the area of Lugano. A road close to the drama location was buried by a landslide few hours before.

Sources: 24heures, 20minutes and blick.

 Rescue Media Rescue Media

Keystone/Gabriele Putzu Keystone/Gabriele Putzu

Event location / Copyright Swisstopo Copyrights Swisstopo


Train derailed due to a landslide in Swiss Alps

A train of the Rhaetian Railway derailed into a ravine after hitting a landslide felt on the track on August 13th 2014. Eleven persons were injured, five of them seriously. One person died in the hospital ten days after the event. About two hundred persons were in the train.

Almost 180 rescuers with eight ambulances and four helicopters were involved in the rescue operations. The landslide occurred near the village of Tiefencastel between Chur and St-Moritz in the canton of Grisons. A 15 m long section of the railway track was buried with up to 3 m of material.

When the train hit the landslide, three passenger cars derailed. The first one, placed behind the locomotive, felt down about twenty meters into a ravine with a 45° slope. It was stopped during its fall by trees. The second passenger car stayed on equilibrium over the edge with the help of passengers who went to the back of the car to avoid its fall.

Weather conditions seem to have contributed to this event. It rained between 50 and 60 liter per square meter in 12 hours. This represents half of the usual monthly rain precipitations in the area.

Sources: bbc, 24heures, 20minutes.

Keystone Keystone

AFP Michael Buholzer AFP / Michael Buholzer


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