In this post « Landslides in Kyrgyzstan captured by Sentinel-2 » I showed two landslides that I identified as the Kurbu and Ayu landslides, both featured in the AGU landslide blog. However, as pointed out by Isakbek Torgoev, the Kurbu-Tash landslide is located about 5 km farther south than the one I found on the Sentinel-2 image of Apr 29. The actual Kurbu-Tash was not visible in this image due to cloud cover, but today I found a more recent image (May 19), where the Kurbu-Tash landslide is evident.. and it’s even more massive! From this image I estimate that the runout distance of the Kurbu-Tash is about 7 km and not 3.5 km.

Location of the Kurbu-Tash landslide

I also failed to find the smaller, but deadlier landslide in Ayu village, which killed 24 people… Thanks to Isakbek Torgoev, I could spot it in the May 19 Sentinel-2 image.

Location of the Ayu village landslide

Landslides are common in Kyrgyzstan. However, it seems that the number of landslides this year is higher than the average, probably due to heavy rainfalls.

Ayu village landslide (via KABAR and Dave Petley)

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