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Landslide in western Newfoundland town the second in six months

Canada
April 16, 2007

A big chunk of land on the edge of a small community in western Newfoundland slid into the ocean on the weekend. No one was injured, but most of the 350 residents of Daniel's Harbour remain perplexed by the landslide, the second slide to affect the town in six months. Several utility poles were swept into the sea and a garage was left dangling over a 30-metre cliff. The most recent slide was four times the size of the first one, pulling about 120,000 cubic metres of earth into the northern Gulf of St. Lawrence. They don't know why the earth keeps slipping away. There was no rain, wind or big waves on the weekend, which could have eroded the shore.
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