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May 3, 2021
45 million cubic metres of debris dumped into the Great Whale River
Last week’s major landslide in Nunavik has been confirmed as the second largest ever seen in Quebec, according to the Kativik Regional Government.
The landslide happened on April 22 along the shores of the Great Whale River, roughly eight kilometres upstream from the community of Kuujjuaraapik, which sits adjacent to Whapmagoostui Cree First Nation.
Following aerial surveys of the region this week, officials now say the landslide spanned an area 1.8 kilometres long and 500 metres wide, dumping 45 million cubic metres of debris into the river.
The largest landslide in the province was recorded in Portneuf, near Quebec City, in April 1894. Four people were killed in the incident.