New Educational Resource: A disaster happening that you’ve never heard of…

Or maybe some of you have...

Six months ago, on January 4th, 2010 in the remote Hunza River Valley of northern Pakistan, a massive landslide buried the village of Attabad, destroying 26 homes, killing 20 people, and damming up the Hunza River.

As the newly-formed lake grew, authorities rushed to evacuate and supply those affected in the landslide are and upstream. The lake is now 100m deep and 16km (10 miles) long, submerging miles of highway, farms and homes.

Earlier this week, the lake reached the top of the natural dam, and began to spill out - rapid erosion of the landslide debris has authorities worried about a potential breach, and locals have been evacuated as officials
monitor the developing situation.


Most of us may not as the global news can be biased towards the north. When I made this resource and asked my classes if they had heard about it on the news, they had not. But they had ALL heard about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In the UK the Geography Association, has a 'Geography in the News' section. I am now instigating a 'Geography NOT in the News' section on this site. I am attaching the Hunza_River_Disaster.ppt to this blog and I hope you can download and share. I have also added it to the edu4drr slideshare. which can be accessedfrom my profile or by searching for edu4drr on If you use the resource, please let me know how useful it was.

Thank you



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Comment by Marla Petal on June 18, 2010 at 14:03
Excellent idea for the new blog and perfect example to set it off!
Thanks for your leadership!!



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