Dam Collapse in Brumadinho, Brazil

Start Date

January 25, 2019

Overview

A mining dam in the south-eastern town of Brumadinho, Brazil collapsed killing at least 58 people, with 300 more missing as rescue efforts continue in the search for survivors.

As the dam collapsed a large volume of sludge buried the sites near the cafeteria  where workers were eating. Nearby homes and vehicles were also submerged. In some areas the mud is almost 50 ft. deep.

The reason for the burst dam is not yet known. Brazil's largest mining company which owns the dam said 305 employees were still missing and 192 have been rescued.

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Latest Updates

February 6, 2019
ISS Georeferenced Digital Camera Images of Brumandinho Dam Area, Brazil
ISS Georeferenced Digital Camera Images of Brumandinho Dam Area, Brazil This collection of visible-wavelength (red, green, blue or RGB) digital camera images were taken by astronauts onboard the International Space Station on February 2, 2019, then manually georeferenced by members of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit at NASA Johnson Space Center. The images provide regional context, and may be useful for visualization of the event. Higher spatial resolution...