Pantai Remis Landslide
March 6, 2013 5:12 PM   Subscribe

On 21 October 1993, the working face separating the ocean from an open-pit tin mine collapsed dramatically, leaving a cove where the mine had once been.
posted by dunkadunc (31 comments total) 32 users marked this as a favorite

 
When that last part of the wall collapses [1:45] and the ocean starts to pour in—holy crap!
posted by Atom Eyes at 5:18 PM on March 6, 2013 [4 favorites]


That is ... wow, easily one of the most mindblowing videos I've ever seen on youtube. Too bad the quality wasn't a bit better, but I guess it was 1993 and we should be happy someone got it on tape at all.
posted by mannequito at 5:21 PM on March 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


Found this last night while reading up on the Black Sea deluge and the Zanclean flood.
posted by dunkadunc at 5:25 PM on March 6, 2013 [4 favorites]


To have been there - to have seen that!
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 5:33 PM on March 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


First I was like, "Holy cow!"

Then I was, like, "Holy shit!"
posted by adoarns at 5:33 PM on March 6, 2013 [5 favorites]


Wow. It really just keeps getting more and more impressive.
posted by Mars Saxman at 5:48 PM on March 6, 2013


Dear Humans,

I do not approve of your mining activities.

Love,

Mother Nature.
posted by jacquilynne at 5:49 PM on March 6, 2013 [7 favorites]


Messinian salinity crisis!
posted by KokuRyu at 5:50 PM on March 6, 2013


"holy shit!" "fuck a duck" "oh mah.....gawd"

mouth still hanging open, that was just crazy
posted by supermedusa at 5:55 PM on March 6, 2013


reminds me of the draining of Lake Peigneur.
posted by HuronBob at 5:56 PM on March 6, 2013 [24 favorites]


Whoever taped that was a cool character. I would have run like hell.
posted by double block and bleed at 6:06 PM on March 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


Wow. Roland Emmerich, eat your heart out.
posted by brundlefly at 6:09 PM on March 6, 2013


You think that was crazy, you should have seen this. Not much surviving footage, though.
posted by DU at 6:20 PM on March 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


HuronBob: What an amazing link!
posted by 4ster at 6:24 PM on March 6, 2013


Hey guys this is a good spot for the mine!
posted by odinsdream at 6:25 PM on March 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


Holy crap. Run! Run! Don't just stand there!
posted by The corpse in the library at 6:27 PM on March 6, 2013


It's probably just a video artifact, but at 1:20 it's like the horizon line itself sags down into the rapidly filling mine.
posted by ceribus peribus at 6:31 PM on March 6, 2013


Hey, you got ocean in my tin mine! And you got tin in my ocean!
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 6:31 PM on March 6, 2013


Whoever taped that was a cool character. I would have run like hell.

My mind said no one filming was going to die, but my legs kept saying RUN!

Pretty dang impressive. So the google link shows the damn, and I assume the cove now covers the mining operations entirely and goes part way up the creek?
posted by BlueHorse at 6:32 PM on March 6, 2013


From the sound of it, it must have been expected. There were a bunch of people there (you could hear them).

What were they mining there? (Since it's Malaysia, my wild-assed guess is tin.)
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 6:38 PM on March 6, 2013


Hey guys this is a good spot for the mine!

You mine where the tin is.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 6:43 PM on March 6, 2013 [3 favorites]


Somewhere on teh intarwebs, I heard the recent footage of iceberg calving in Greenland described thusly:

"You know in horror movies, when they want to show something huge, and it's obviously a miniature fake? This is the opposite of that."

So, yeah.
posted by Slap*Happy at 6:43 PM on March 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


I'd be remis if I didn't visit there next time I'm in the area.
posted by BinGregory at 7:02 PM on March 6, 2013


Wow. A cool post dunkadunc. Thanks for the adrenaline rush. That was jaw droppingly amazing. Wanting to learn more about it, after a little googling it seems one of the names of this particular event is the Pantai Remis landslide, another name is the Colossus Tin Mine Landslide. Here is another video with a little back story about this event.

The Wikipedia article says this:
A video of the event was uploaded to YouTube on 17 May 2007. The accompanying description in Cantonese reads:

That year, I received a call by the owner of a tin mine. He said that his mine, which had been running for a few decades, was about to collapse. I rushed to the scene with my video camera and waited for a few hours. Finally, I took this valuable footage. Although the footage lasted only a few minutes, it is horribly exciting enough. I hope that this video can let you all appreciate the consequence of ruining our environment.

Prof. Dave Petley, the Wilson Chair in Hazard and Risk in the Department of Geography at the University of Durham, England and founder and director of the International Landslide Centre, described the recording as the best landslide video he had ever seen, despite its poor resolution.


"horribly exciting" is a great and, imo, an accurate description.

Blog on the event by Professor Dave Petley. One of the commenters on that page mentioned the language being spoken in the video was Hokkien. Professor Petley has a whole Landslide Blog.
posted by nickyskye at 7:23 PM on March 6, 2013 [8 favorites]


reminds me of the draining of Lake Peigneur

Wikipedia: "Since 1994 AGL Resources has been using Lake Peigneur’s underlying salt dome as a Storage and Hub facility for pressurized natural gas."

Hope someone has their camera handy for that one.
posted by Behemoth at 8:24 PM on March 6, 2013 [4 favorites]


wooOOOOOOaaaar.
posted by lalochezia at 8:44 PM on March 6, 2013


The landslide has already started. It is too late for the pebbles to vote.
posted by jiawen at 9:03 PM on March 6, 2013


I've had some similar accidents in Minecraft.
posted by smoothvirus at 12:26 AM on March 7, 2013 [6 favorites]


Water always wins.
posted by Thorzdad at 4:45 AM on March 7, 2013


Evocative of one of my old favorite horrible manmade disasters, the Vajont Dam disaster of 1963, in which the entire contents of a reservoir behind an 860 foot high dam in Italy were displaced in one immense tsunami. In that case, though, we're not left with a cove, but a huge intact dam holding back nothing but dirt.
posted by sonascope at 6:42 AM on March 7, 2013 [3 favorites]


Rustic Etruscan: To have been there - to have seen that!
To have been comfortably higher up than that!
posted by IAmBroom at 1:40 PM on March 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


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