Land slide is defined as "the movement of a mass of rock, debris, or earth down a slope." The term encompasses events such as rock falls, topples, slides, spreads, and flows, such as debris flows commonly referred to as mudflows or mudslides. Land slides can be initiated by rainfall, earthquakes, volcanic activity, changes in groundwater, disturbance and change of a slope by man-made construction activities, or any combination of these factors. source: USGS
27 Apr 2016, SciDevNet
Following the earthquake that shook Nepal last year, the landscape is now more prone to landslides. In addition to rigorous hazard mapping, researchers call for close monitoring of changes in slope properties and how they respond to monsoons and aftershocks.
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Source of data: 2009 Global Assessment Report
|Source of data: OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database|
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