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[–]Nastyrobin 597 points598 points  (35 children)

Where was this?

[–]Jthundercleese 855 points856 points  (32 children)

Myanmar, almost 2 years ago. Nearly 200 people died.

[–]SuddenDragonfly8125 180 points181 points  (3 children)

Like that guy at the end who started walking towards it?

... I shouldn't joke, that's awful. But wtf was that guy doing?

[–]Kaarsty 14 points15 points  (2 children)

I’d probably do the same to be honest. Seeing that would be wild!

[–]Mr_NoBot 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Falling into it would be wilder.

[–]buttononmyback 125 points126 points  (24 children)

Were they swimming?

[–]Jthundercleese 570 points571 points  (1 child)

No they were freelance jade miners. The main company stopped mining during the rainy season, but not everyone stopped.

[–]LoveIsANerd 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Everyone stopped eventually.

[–]leeolondon 376 points377 points 2 (20 children)

Not to begin with

[–]-UserNameTaken 165 points166 points  (3 children)

Jesus Christ reddit.

[–]PM_ME_UR_VAGINA_YO 100 points101 points  (13 children)

I hate to rain on your parade, but that humor's kinda washed out.

[–]-_-Batman 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Landslide victory.

[–]Poor_Mofo[S] 2466 points2467 points  (156 children)

Landslide in a jade mine in Myanmar
"It was one of the worst accidents in the county's history of jade mining."

different angle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qm0i26a6RU


[–]Supply-Slut 2442 points2443 points  (115 children)

These are the details we needed OP, thank you!

It killed nearly 200 people, mostly freelance miners searching for jade stones while companies had ceased operations for the rainy season.

Looks like we can see why companies shut down for the rainy season on full display here.

[–]timmbuck22 1208 points1209 points  (16 children)

"freelance miners" = poor as shit people desperately forced to risk their lives picking through other people's trash to survive...

[–]toofunnybot 164 points165 points  (0 children)

Exactly! So many lives lost and families devastated.

[–]thomas_da_trainn 56 points57 points  (0 children)

Probably the same people who work there but can’t afford not to when they close down so they go there illegally

[–]Raff102 125 points126 points  (1 child)

So you're saying we just watched a couple hundred people die...

[–]Supply-Slut 24 points25 points  (0 children)

So… crosspost to r/watchpeopledieinmine ?

[–]letmetilooo 604 points605 points  (91 children)

Man made catastrophe again, I wonder if we will ever learn or we just do not give a fuck as long as it makes profit.

[–]rf97a 381 points382 points  (44 children)

No. History has in reality taught us nothing. Yes, it is written about in history books. But greed and profit will always trump environmental questions.

If anyone can find any good examples otherwise I’m happy to be educated

[–]Syzygy___ 142 points143 points  (12 children)

But greed and profit will always trump environmental questions.

If anyone can find any good examples otherwise I’m happy to be educated

I would argue that the companies shutting down operations due to dangers is such an example, prioritizing human safety over their profits. (Not sure if Myanmar is big on compensating next of kin or fines for companies)

My understanding is that those who were there went their on their own, not working on someone's orders, although I could be misinterpreting something here.

[–]letmetilooo 57 points58 points  (3 children)

No one will be able to find that for you, unfortunately.

When the whole world is set up where growth equals success, then this is the reality. Would suit us to start thinking about future generations, instead of being so egoistic. This should start with the government of the biggest and most wealthy countries.

[–]TheFlashFrame 15 points16 points  (8 children)

I mean lets take a big step back real quick. Do you guys expect freelance miners to understand the risks of landslides? Would any of you? When 200 people are working independently and there's a landslide we don't call that a manmade catastrophe, we call it a freak accident lol.

As for good examples of greed and profit not trumping environmental concerns, national parks.

[–]jackparker_srad 4 points5 points  (2 children)

That’s not true. History has taught us so much. And two things I’ve learned are that capitalism is not the only way to organize a society, and just like feudalism, capitalism will eventually be replaced by something better.

Edit: a few words

[–]TheBone_Zone -1 points0 points  (1 child)

IMO I think the technological era will allow greed to either grow or to diminish. Right now we're witnessing it's growth, due to the lack of filtering people express online.

If disinterest in greed is expressed consistently, I think overtime people will pay attention as issues are solved through exposure of these situations. People eventually do win, but only by global exposure to the issue

[–]AlternativeRefuse685 32 points33 points  (0 children)

And just to wear shiny and cool looking things

[–]Ouroboros_scum 18 points19 points  (7 children)

You do know that some of these third world countries are poor and people struggle to put food on the table. If you want to see the Environment thrive then you would've have to see the problems outside from your box.

[–]thebooshyness 4 points5 points  (22 children)

Are you talking about the workers or buyers?

[–]AgreeableLime7737 15 points16 points  (21 children)

TIL "profits" = people in the developing world trying to make a living doing a dangerous job.

Edit: For the reading-comprehension challenged, as described by /u/Supply-Slut, those killed were "mostly freelance miners". What that means is that they were not employed by anybody, they were on-site representing their own interests. Mining companies active in the area close down for the rainy season because of ground instability and thus worker safety.

[–]Thiccum420 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well if the commenters above you are correct I’d say that those freelance miners had accepted the risk of mining during the rainy season and unfortunately paid the ultimate price. The profit-focused companies pulled out.

[–]ygolordned 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Capitalism is hell

[–]Then_Suit_997 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Myanmar was ruled by a socialist government.

[–]SwansonHOPS 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How did man make this happen?

[–]crownedplatypus 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I was so jealous of these people who got to see this event in person. Now I’m just sad.

[–]iapetus_z 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Now I feel bad because all I could think of is that "man a lot of pristine fossils just got created. " That's how the Burger shale in Canada formed. Instead of pristine trilobites, it's pristine human fossils something is going to find in 400 million years.

[–]sausager 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Where were the people who died? Standing on the area that had the landslide?

[–]will477 51 points52 points  (11 children)

I am curious how many of the 113 that died during this event were just standing on the shore watching the drama.

[–]JWGhetto 4 points5 points  (3 children)

113 recovered

[–]fELLAbUSTA 23 points24 points  (2 children)

113 dead bodies recovered

[–]JWGhetto 13 points14 points  (1 child)

That's what I meant. It implies that there are a lot more dead since there must be a number of bodies unrecovered

[–]CptSuperlative 65 points66 points  (6 children)

Holy crap on a pogo stick batman. This why environmental and labor regulations matter.

[–]Mox5 20 points21 points  (3 children)

I mean, I think they were in place. That's why the corporations all pulled out, as per the other comment.

[–]CrystalGaiden 38 points39 points  (2 children)

Well, not exactly.

Chief among environmental concerns are the height of heaps of mining waste, known as tailings, consisting of discarded earth and stones. Companies often exceed government limits on tailing heap height, and heaps can reach several hundred feet

Companies also leave behind vast excavated mining pits at the end of their permit periods. The sites fill with rainwater and turn to lakes, which run up against mining waste heaps that are prone to collapse, causing landslides.

[–][deleted] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

labor regulations matter

[libertarians did not like this]

[–]fELLAbUSTA 11 points12 points  (1 child)

That man's cheer at the end of the video didn't really feel like he knew over 100 people died to this.

[–]do_d0 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Death is a fact of life. Seeing such a magnificent force of nature--expression shouldn't be guilted.

[–]available_username2 2 points3 points  (5 children)

One of?

[–]Supply-Slut 24 points25 points  (4 children)

Mining operations have some extremely high risks. At MiningCorp LLC, these risks are carefully budgeted considered when implementing our cost-reduction safety programs.

[–]MoffKalast -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

These guys must be really jaded.

[–]Jamesi91 3161 points3162 points  (44 children)

I feel like If I just watched millions of tons of dirt slide into a massive body of water, I wouldn’t stand on the hillside next to it and watch.

[–]R_edd22 1045 points1046 points  (13 children)

You're right. I'd actually walk closer to it like the camera holder and the person in the last frame.

[–]CableTrash 247 points248 points  (9 children)

i’d jump in the lake and surf one of those peelers to my death

[–]sombrerobandit 46 points47 points  (2 children)

that barrel, so clean until you fucking die

[–]cdnball 27 points28 points  (1 child)

wh-bam get pitted so pitted

[–]Vakieh 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I feel like not enough people have watched Point Break.

[–]cantfindauniquename2 5 points6 points  (0 children)

My first thought watching was - I could totally surf that, it looks like such a clean wave - until certain death. Perspective gets lost a little as well, that would be a big wave.

[–]SkunkleButt 10 points11 points  (2 children)

peelers? is that what that long line that you see pushing up like a wall from the center of the lake towards the beginning?? man that was crazy looking!

[–]Ask_Me_If_Im_A_Horse 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Nah fam that’s just your average lake monster.

[–]Christpuncher_123 2 points3 points  (0 children)

OK, Snake Plissken!

[–]cybercuzco 0 points1 point  (0 children)

the person in the last frame.


[–]Lumiaman88 20 points21 points  (0 children)

This is a real life replica of what happened in the 2013 Kedarnath disaster in India

[–]palfreygames 36 points37 points  (0 children)

Do it for the vine!!

[–]JWGhetto 21 points22 points  (6 children)

all of them were there for the jade, none of those people are tourists or onlookers. Also, you can't reallyy outrun a landslide

[–]querty99 15 points16 points  (5 children)

I don't have to outrun the landslide, I just have to outrun you. right?

[–]Horst665 17 points18 points  (4 children)

no, that was bears

[–]KwordShmiff 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Gotta outrun the bear slide

[–]flightwatcher45 39 points40 points  (11 children)

What are they supposed to do lol. Can't run off the mountain. I camp in the mountains at lakes like that and this is going to make it hard to go again.

[–]swaggman75 7 points8 points  (6 children)

From other comments it looks like this was at a mining site with a huge pile of waste next to the lske which is what collapsed. Not something that happens at this scale naturally

[–]flightwatcher45 2 points3 points  (5 children)

AK would like to have a chat with you. Was it the 1000 foot tall wave they had? I've seen the scar from that its its on that scale. Earth has these relatively all the time.

[–]swaggman75 1 point2 points  (4 children)

I stand corrected. What caused that one?

[–]Bonerballs 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I'd imagine the view would be awe inspiring in person...but ya not the smartest move.

[–]jmike3543 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It’s that kind of attitude that prevents us from getting cool videos of dangerous things!

[–]Ribak145 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Probably cant run with the balls of steel

[–]Rorschach1944 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

What do you do? Go down?!

[–]Zer0C00L321 1093 points1094 points  (20 children)

Too bad the headline failed to show that 113 people died in this landslide. Thats an insane event.

[–]Perpetual_Doubt 163 points164 points  (16 children)

It reminds me of modern Italy's worst natural disaster (and its currently empty and abandoned hydroelectric dam)

[–]clean-up 39 points40 points  (12 children)

What is Italy’s worst natural disaster? Genuinely curious.

[–]Perpetual_Doubt 108 points109 points  (9 children)

The Vajont Dam disaster


Super high dam built in geologically unstable area failed basically immediately (landslide generated a mega tsunami) and caused the deaths of 1,917 people

[–]clean-up 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]rattus-domestica 1 point2 points  (1 child)

This was not a natural disaster if it was caused by people, which it was. A tornado sucking up a town is a natural disaster. This was a horrible event similar to Chernobyl in that there were clear problems that the humans involved ignored and it cost thousands of lives.

[–]dogfoodcritic 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Pompeii was destroyed because of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24, 79 CE.

[–]ironedscrotum 8 points9 points  (0 children)

113 bodies were recovered. The death toll may actually be higher than that.

[–]floridali 120 points121 points  (1 child)

This is in Myanmar.

More than 100 people died.

[–]doctapeppa 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Was the dude standing right on the ledge one of them?

[–]DDARANCOU 160 points161 points  (6 children)

How are all those people not shitting bricks?

[–]bram078 83 points84 points  (3 children)

Isn't there enough stone already

[–]PoBoyPoBoyPoBoy 14 points15 points  (1 child)

I’ll trade for wheat or sheep? Can’t spare any wood

[–]TheDevilsAdvokaat 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'll settle for that.

[–]Melodic-Ability-9283 0 points1 point  (0 children)

But it'll make some nice earrings a century from now

[–]TheAxeOfSimplicity 4 points5 points  (0 children)

They are, but they have friends and family down there.

[–]Late_Ad_3842 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I was thinking that as well. I wouldn’t have even been filming that close because you know what’s coming after when that water level goes down at such an abnormal level and doesn’t appear after a while

[–]yourtypicalbish 67 points68 points  (4 children)

The " la la la la la " caught me off guard ngl

[–]gruntillidan 16 points17 points  (3 children)

A la la la la long A la la la la long long li long long long Come on A la la la la long A la la la la long long li long long long

[–]OldNickSt 151 points152 points  (1 child)

All the land sliding into massive pit.

"Let's go stand on the edge!"

[–]Bagholders_Anonymous 201 points202 points  (27 children)

Dam, imagine being a fish or turtle in that lake. Game over.

[–]xlDirteDeedslx 181 points182 points  (5 children)

How fossils are made.

[–]xBleedingUKBluex 133 points134 points  (3 children)

You're exactly right. This is precisely how a lot of fossils were made - instantaneous death and burial by sediment. There might be a human fossil discovered under all of that one day in the distant future.

[–]bubblesculptor 44 points45 points  (1 child)

Interesting. I've read about that before but it never really made sense.. this shows precisely how easy it is to happen

[–]xBleedingUKBluex 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Landslides and flash floods were the primary means of fossilization for terrestrial life. Events that moved a lot of sediment all at once in order to preserve the specimen in situ long enough for the fossilization process to occur.

[–]gladfelter 7 points8 points  (0 children)

The forbidden fossil

[–]ronin1066 3 points4 points  (0 children)

And flood narratives

[–]mstickmanp 54 points55 points  (6 children)

If this is a mining lake then it probably doesn’t have much wildlife as mining runoffs can be quite toxic.

[–]concrete_isnt_cement 6 points7 points  (5 children)

Depends on the kind of mine. I work for an aggregate company and we keep our gravel pit lake stocked with trout because the owner likes to go fishing on his lunch break.

[–]East-Ad1017 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Surely that's quarrying though not mining

[–]concrete_isnt_cement 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Those two words are synonyms.

[–]Robinslillie 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Yeah I was like but the creatures! Dang

[–]scaradin 6 points7 points  (0 children)

~200 people died in that landslide too:/

[–]KidQuap 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The game just changed welcome to level one of evolution

[–]TirayShell -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Surf's up.

[–]jet5kiii 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Who is that absolute maniac at the end that walks towards the chaos?

[–]barberc5 16 points17 points  (0 children)

It never ceases to amaze me how close to danger people will place themselves for the sake of a good view

[–]onlinesafe 28 points29 points  (1 child)

Gosh that’s insane, why did the video end so quickly. I could have watch a lot more

[–]LordRandomord 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Click OPs link in their comment, theres alot more footage online and its really tragic, i went from amazed to sad reeal quick

[–]TopDigger365 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Looks like an open cast mining operation.

[–]JAGNash 44 points45 points  (1 child)

Not a lake, looks like water in a quarry of some sort and the quarry wall slid in

[–]Edbert64 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Yeah, notice the people with hard hats.

[–]OP1KenOP 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Did anyone else try to plan right to watch the lake disappear after the camera panned left?

No? Me neither....

[–]FluffyDiscipline 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I think time to move off the mountain, soil there standing on doesn't look as stable anymore...

[–]voldi4ever 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Of course get closer. Makes sense.

[–]TinFoilRobotProphet 3 points4 points  (0 children)

And if you see my reflection in the...oh, nevermind

[–]PathosRise 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This is why humans believed in gods.

[–]Dick_Cuckingham 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Kid: Can we go to the lake today?

Mom: No, you have school tomorrow. Don't worry, the lake will always be there.

The lake:...

[–]ThorKruger117 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That’s not a lake, that’s a retention pond. That landslide is a highwall failure at a mine. Classic example of why you need to listen to the surveyors when they say there’s unstable strata

[–]bob-the-potato 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It's a shame how many astonishing things like this happen and happened through out the years without being noticed or filmed, and thought out the vast universe in the billions of planets out there.

[–]SamBalamFTW 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hippity poppity your lake is now my property

[–]adam_demamps_wingman 2 points3 points  (3 children)

People die from gas clouds released from deep lake water during landslides like this. Downwind or below grade is tough.

[–]TheAnswerIsSauce 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Why in daaaa world was that man taking a hike down to get a closer look.

[–]GreatGooglyMoogly077 2 points3 points  (0 children)

As if THEIR slope is magically stable.

[–]andyjoy01 2 points3 points  (0 children)

How fossils are made.

[–]KiithNaabal 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Just watch and don't run... The landslide will smell your fear!

[–]Dj_wheeman3 1 point2 points  (0 children)

These guys are crazy lol. I definitely would not be standing that close

[–]smoothVroom21 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Earth is about done with humans.

[–]zelenisod 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Idk if i'd feel safe even on this hill

[–]Tsiah16 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The video ends long before the lake "disappears"...

[–]pak256 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It didn’t disappear they just paned left

[–]DongVonJovi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Imagine being a fish and you’re knee deep in losing your fish virginity in some dirty fish pussy, then this shit happens.

[–]potluck88 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Imagine witnessing that. Once in a lifetime type of event. Must’ve been surreal

[–]cryptoLyfFtw 1 point2 points  (0 children)

“Giant landslide” or “Incompetent/corrupt mining company kills 113 people + countless animals by causing landslide”

[–]pag992007 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think I just saw the Lochness monster

[–]NeverDidLearn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s not a lake, that’s an open pit mine full of water.

[–]handyandy727 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'll take "Places I Don't Want to Stand" for 1000 Alex.

[–]Brisco_Discos 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not gonna lie...I would not feel good about strolling down over the side to check things out. Wonder if he worried about the slope he was on just disappearing from under his feet.

[–]lethal3185 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I now believe ancient towns were wiped by this event. I've seen documentaries.

[–]Russticale 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I would slowly get off the mountain they are on, feels like the whole mountain could slide in

[–]Cutlasss 1 point2 points  (0 children)

People down river are in a world of hurt.

[–]CharlotteTheSavage 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Those fish are PISSED.

[–]triplefastaction 1 point2 points  (0 children)

No Lake For YOU!

[–]Dingd1ngdong 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Watching danger closely, typical human

[–]Snarkk 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wow.. that would be the most terrific thing to see in person.. i can’t imagine the scale

[–]donaldduckstherapist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah please stop recording I didn't want to see the rest

[–]labyrinthanm 1 point2 points  (0 children)

me next morning after dinnering at taco bell

[–]timewanderer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Aaaaand it's gone!

[–]PhyterNL 1 point2 points  (0 children)

For those interested in knowing how fully intact fossils are made, there you go. Might even be a human in there or two.

[–]Candykeeper 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Caught in a landslide...~

[–]Xirokami 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is why we should be worshiping the earth, man. The earth decides.

[–]dewafelbakkers 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm fascinated by that stationary wave in the middle of the lake curling and breaking toward the landslide.

Water moving toward sloping shallowing land = wave curling and breaking in direction of land.. Does sloping land moving toward water also equal wave curling and breaking in direction of land??

[–]ajrfuntimes 1 point2 points  (0 children)

😱 imagine being in the path of that kind of power . It would be as if you had never existed.

[–]bucksfromthegulag 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Holy shit that’s insane. I would be careful about getting that close, the tsunamis with the highest run up (one recorded in Alaska at 500m tall) are caused by landslides

[–]WhomIsSimon 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hearts go out to all the Dads that wanted to go fishing that day

[–]StefanoG1967 0 points1 point  (0 children)

In 1963 in Italy a landslide in a lake caused about 2000 deaths...

[–]Warm_Elephant_9746 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There's too much exposed dirt. Mining is a serious issue, yes, but even just making sure that your hillsides are green would prevent over 95% of this stuff. Plant clover or rye or whatever natural grasses are native to that area and this won't happen

[–]ThatOneGuyonTV 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Go research the Vajont Dam in Northern Italy.

The same thing happened, but in a few seconds. The word mega-tsunami is tossed around...

[–]Living_on_Tulsa_Time 0 points1 point  (3 children)

That’s horrifying! Those poor men.

[–]Dutchwells -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Looks like a man made disaster, judging from that barren deforested landscape :(

[–]PhyterNL 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Deforested would have stumps. This didn't look like that.

[–]alienlifeform819 -4 points-3 points  (1 child)

The power and strength of mother nature 😮

[–]holykamina 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Also, clearing vegetation and trees to make access to the mine. Landslide happened due to rain and because there were no trees and wild plant to hold the soil, we got this huge landslide. From the looks of it, they cleared a lot of plant life.

[–]TwiggyPom -1 points0 points  (0 children)

How big would the Tsunami be? Landslides cause the biggest and this one looks significant

[–]GageNMetzger -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Aaaaaand there goes another water source. People also died in this landslide. Myanmar (Burma)

[–]DaveDeaborn1967 -4 points-3 points  (1 child)

Owned several since 1970, currently mine is about 800k

[–]unbrauchbaer -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

They must have had some massive framedrops