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Mountain systems are sensitive to climate change. Loss of snow and ice sets off effects which have wide ranging consequences.
This aerial view shows the destruction at Umdloti beach north of Durban. Landslides and floods wreaked havoc.
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Sloping ground, water and clay combined to leave devastation in its wake in Durban.
A general view of the damage in an informal settlement heavy rains, mudslides and winds in Durban, on April 13, 2022.
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Women and girls living in poverty face many forms of discrimination and pressure during events like flood disasters.
Climate change doesn’t just affect the atmosphere and the oceans, it affects the Earth’s crust as well.
Displaced by a landslide, Ugandan survivors could not speak the language of the region where they were relocated - but music allowed them a voice.
Mars landslide. The blue area represents the landslide debris.
New research on landslides on Mars could help protect against devastating landslides on Earth.
The Mackenzie River carves its way through the permafrost tundra of northern Canada.
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Climate change has caused a 60-fold increase in active landslides on one Canadian Arctic island.
The source of the Yamuna River, one of the major rivers draining the Himalayas.
A new report predicts that one-third of the ice in the Himalayas will melt, even if we contain global warming to 1.5C. So what does that mean for the flood-prone valleys below?
Rift Valley Road in Ethiopia.
Smart roads in Africa could help reduce the impact of flooding and other disasters that affect rural communities.
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Gravity, not magma, is forcing Etna to move, increasing the chances of collapse.
A magnitude 7.5 earthquake took place on February 25, 81km southwest of Porgera, Papua New Guinea.
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Why is Papua New Guinea so susceptible to landslides? Steep terrain, earthquakes and aftershocks plus recent seasonal rains have created an environment that is prone to collapse.
Searching for victims after a rain-triggered mudslide that blanketed a village and killed at least 178 people in north China’s Shanxi province, Sept. 13, 2008.
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While the Montecito, California mudslides took 20 lives, landslides kill far more people in developing countries. Tighter construction standards and early warning systems could help reduce their toll.
As many as 20 people are dead and dozens missing following the Southern California mudslides.
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A watershed scientist explains why post-wildfire landscapes are so susceptible to landslides – and why those risks are poised to rise.
Search and rescue personnel scan a home in the aftermath of a mudslide, Jan. 13, 2018, in Montecito, California.
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In response to mudslides that have killed at least 20 people in Southern California, a geologist calls for more resources to study and map landslide hazards so residents can understand the risks.
The Byron Scar, left behind by an undersea landslide. Colours indicate depths.
The ocean floor off Australia’s east coast bears the scars of numerous subsea landslides, which have potentially triggered tsunamis over the past several millennia.
The hillside near Regent, outside Freetown, hit by a mudslide.
Mass graves are being dug for hundreds of those killed in a nation once more gripped by grief.
Motorway sign warning of Tsunami, Wellington after a 7.5 earthquake based around Cheviot in the South island shock the New Zealand capital.
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The threat of any tsunami following an earthquake can take time to assess, so it’s important people who live in risk zones are ready for any event.
Before and after the Oso landslide in 2014.
Landslide researchers continue to learn more about how and where these events occur. It’s trickier to figure out how to minimize potential damage to human communities from future landslides.
Too much give.
Landslides happen everywhere and in different geological locations. This can be because of flooding, which allows sodden soil to move, or rockfalls and slower, continuous movements of land due to gravity…
Rescue workers in Hiroshima search for missing people.
Landslides don’t attract the same media attention as more familiar geological hazards such as earthquakes and volcanoes. And yet they can be just as disastrous and, in fact, 2014 has been a particularly…