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Rockfalls Map

Rockfalls Table
Bay de Verde, Coish's Hill
07 Jan 1975
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Loose and falling rock near the home of Mark Coish. On two occasions, rocks had broken loose and fallen down the slope crashing into two homes located across the road.
Buchans, Rothermere Mine
27 Mar 1953
Deaths:1
Injuries:0
Arthur Perrier killed by a fall of rock while drilling in a slope at the Rothermere mine.
Cappahayden (Broad Cove at the time)
13 Nov 1901
Deaths:1
Injuries:0
Sheehan of Broad Cove, while salvaging the wreck of S.S. Vera, was killed by rock falling from cliff and striking him on the head.
Corner Brook, Crow Gulch
08 Apr 1927
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Large stone rolled down embankment and landed on railway. Train stopped before hitting rock.
Corner Brook, Riverside Drive
24 Jul 1995
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Rockfall caused Riverside Drive to be closed after 33.5 ml of rainfall.
Curling
27 Mar 1969
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
A huge boulder rolled down over the cliff at the bottom of Monument Hill in Curling and ended up in the middle of the road. No injuries resulted.
Curling, Court House Hill
24 Apr 1916
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Large boulder weighing about 1 ton dropped from the cliff at Court House Hill. Crashed through 3 fences and stopped 1 m from Edwin Knight's house.
Fogo
28 Feb 1984
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Potential for rockfall from Durham Hill causing property damage or personal injury. Directly behind the property of Mr. Jack Gill. Frost action is slowly pushing some large blocks outward.
François
15 Jun 1975
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Slope stability and hazards caused by falling rock behind the residence of Ronald Dunford of François. Homes had been struck by large stones on at least three occasions.
Gaff Topsails
07 Jan 1960
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Large boulder rolled down slope, after heavy rainfall, and came to rest on tracks. Train struck boulder causing minor damage and a one-hour delay.
Hampden
19 Nov 1980
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Falling rocks along a stretch of road between Hampden and Beaches. A car was damaged when driving around a blind curve and struck a boulder which had fallen from the hillside. Falling rocks have been a continuous problem in this area.
Indian Head
10 Apr 1942
Deaths:0
Injuries:1
Charles James of Benoits Cove, while drilling at Indian Head, had collarbone and left leg broken when stone slid down hillside.
Meadows
12 Jul 1952
Deaths:1
Injuries:0
Edward Maxwell Davis, 5-year-old boy killed by a boulder falling from an embankment above as he played on a sandy beach.
Mount Moriah
10 May 1955
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Large boulder smashed track in 2 places after breaking free from mountainside. Two sections of track had to be replaced.
Petty Harbour
10 Oct 1912
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
A large section of cliff gave way, and tons of rock fell from it. It was reported to occur near the flume and damaged from 2 to 30 m of the woodwork surrounding the conduit. The power was not interfered with.
Point Lance
15 Jul 1994
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Large boulder tumbled down hillside crashing into a resident's home.
Port Kirwan, near Fermeuse
05 Feb 1998
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Armchair-sized rock fell from cliff and hit house belonging to Sandy Newton and Doug Hill. Rock damaged clapboard on side of house and smashed house. Local residents recall previous fall 30 years ago with no damage reported.
Portugal Cove
25 Aug 1935
Deaths:1
Injuries:0
Dorothy Summerton, aged 6, crushed by a boulder she was climbing over, while collecting flowers for her grandmother's grave.
Ramea
07 Jun 1985
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Intense rainfall loosened a 150 ton rock from a cliff in Ramea. It balanced over a home and the main street. The rock was dynamited.
Rushoon, Placentia Bay
07 Dec 1973
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Precariously perched boulder above house.
St. John's, Pitts Memorial Drive
04 Oct 1995
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Small rockfall blocked road for short period of time. Rockfall occurred in a rock cut near the turn to Shea Heights.
St. John's, Pitts Memorial Drive
04 Apr 1997
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
A 200 m section of cliff slid off the hill and spilled about 1500 tons of rock over the east bound carriageway. It took two days to clear the road. The combination of freezing and thawing, and a steeply dipping bedrock was blamed for the rock slide.
Shoe Cove
06 Nov 1993
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Some loose rock tumbled down over the hill into the back of Mr. Wimbleton's shed causing extensive damage. Several other boulders remain a threat in this area.
Springdale
15 Jul 1975
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
At the rear of Taylor's subdivision a row of houses was built at the base of a 200 foot rock face. The first rockfall occurred in July 1975, when a large boulder tumbled down the hillside. A second rockfall occurred in January 1976, when a large piece of rock broke free and split into two fragments, damaging a house and pick-up truck. No injuries were reported.
Springdale
28 Apr 1984
Deaths:1
Injuries:0
Jeffery James Cull, aged 16 years, of Carmanville was killed while climbing on the slope face. He was crushed when a large (1 m) block detached from the face and pinned him into a crevice.
Stephenville, Queen Street Extension
May 1957
Deaths:0
Injuries:0
Rocks and boulders slid down the slope of the hill onto the road, blocking it for about 60 m. Rock falls have been occurring continuously since the road was constructed.

Reproduced by permission of M. Batterson, D.G.E. Liverman, J. Ryan and D. Taylor, The Assessment of Geological Hazards and Disasters in Newfoundland: An Update. (St. John's: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Mines and Energy, Geological Survey, © 1999). Map adapted by Don Walsh and Tina Riche, 2000.

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