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Rockfalls reported in Jamestown

A boulder lies in the garden to the right of the white building. Picture: Ed Thorpe
A boulder lies in the garden to the right of the white building. Picture: Ed Thorpe

A large boulder landed in the garden of a house in Upper Jamestown in the early hours of Saturday, 4 January 2014, and Mike Olsson of Saint FM has reported hearing rocks hitting the safety netting above the homes before sunrise on 6 January. Click on the thumbnails below to see Ed Thorpe’s pictures from Saturday’s fall.

Rockfall reported in Jamestown

Saint FM has reported that rocks had rolled from Ladder Hill into Jamestown, above Barracks Square, just as many workers would be making their journeys home on Wednesday, 5 June 2013. Drivers were warned to take care.

Falling rock puts defences to the test

the wire fence sags under the weight of the boulder it caughtworkmen with the rock, and a house by The Run just belowA large rock has been caught in the rockfall fencing above upper Jamestown.

Dave Malpas, St Helena Government’s roads manager, said it could have continued down the hill and hit property below – as happened when the Baptist Chapel was badly damaged in 2009.

“It was good to see that the fence had stopped the rock by absorbing the impact,” said Dave.

“Although it was sagging under the weight of the rock, it has not been damaged.”

The discovery was made on Monday. The next day, roads staff broke the rock into smaller pieces that could safely be left on the hillside.

COMMENT:

Exciting stuff. Maybe it’s a meteorite? 😉

Bill Hodgson, via Comments

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