Disaster Epidemiology

Understanding trends and patterns in how people die unnecessarily in disasters

Protected: Landslide

  LANDSLIDE   DISASTER TYPE: Geophysical; mass movement (sometimes wet and sometimes dry)   REALITY CHECK If you spend more than a few days in a mountainous area in Spring-time when the snow is melting, you will notice the regular thunder-like rumbling of rocks falling. Landslides and rockfalls are different. Just look what happened to a village in northern Italy in 2010 where a while hillside started sliding slowly but unstoppably into the valley below. [Go to http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8517378.stm]   MYTH Landslides are relatively rare and minor events which harm few people.   DEFINITION Landslides are flows or falls of rock and earth down...

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