What is a Landslide and What are its Causes?

By Shivank Goel|Updated : September 6th, 2022

A landslide is the movement of a large amount of debris, rock, or Earth down a slope on certain areas of land. Landslides can be caused by heavy rains, volcanoes, earthquakes, and some other similar factors that result in making the slope unstable. It is a common occurrence in most hilly areas, especially during the monsoon season. Landslides are also referred to as 'mass wasting' among scientists and described as wearing off of the Earth's surface in a downward motion.

Landslide and its Causes

The movement of rock, debris, or Earth in a downward direction due to various natural causes is known as a landslide. Landslides are accompanied by natural phenomena such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and heavy rainfall. The causes of landslides can be broadly classified into three categories, namely Geology, Morphology, and Human activity which contribute majorly.

Landslides are a common occurrence in Indian hilly areas where heavy rainfall affects the surface of the Earth to a large extent and makes the slope unstable and resulting in a landslide.

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  • A landslide is the movement of a large amount of debris, rock, or Earth down a slope on certain areas of land.

  • Landslides can be caused by heavy rains, volcanoes, earthquakes, and some other similar factors that result in making the slope unstable.

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