More landslides occurred in the Canal of Corinth last week creating headache to the experts trying to restore the previous ones that they have forced the shut down of the Canal since January.
A new, big landslide occurred on Thursday, July 16, 2021, on the slope of the Peloponnese side.
The landslide occurred under the railway bridge of the Isthmus.
According to local media korinthostv, the landslides continue without end, creating headaches for the experts in charge both for the future of restoration works and the reopening of the Corinth Canal to ship traffic.
The Corinth Canal connects the Gulf of Corinth in the Ionian Sea with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, arguably making the peninsula an island.
The canal was dug through the isthmus at sea level and has no locks.
It is 6.4 kilometres (4 mi) in length and only 21.4 metres (70 ft) wide at its base, making it impassable for many modern ships.
Now we have seen the unexpected canal wall collapse, from an engineering perspective, the ground anchors for those bridges look to be perilously close to the edge of the canal.
Something going across creating vibrations (especially heavy trains or road transport) could well create fissures in the ground on either side, leading to another landslide collapse with obvious consequences for the man-made spanning structures.