Landslide

Landslide

Landslide

The sliding of a large mass of rock material or soil down the side of a mountain or cliff. All landslides have two things in common – they are the result of failure of the soil and rock materials that make up the hill slope and they are driven by gravity. 

Landslides can be triggered by natural causes such as earthquake vibrations, undercutting of cliffs and banks by waves or river erosion, and volcanic eruptions. They can also be the result of human activity such as mining activities, depletion of vegetation and the modification of slopes for construction. Landslides range from a single boulder in a rock fall to tens of millions of cubic metres of material in a debris flow.

Image: Landslide in Morocco, Kariido85 (Flickr), 31 July 2010

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Name Category Location Date
Landslide Landslide - Somersby, New South Wales 2007 Landslide New South Wales 08/06/2007 view resource
Landslide Landslide - Thredbo, New South Wales 1997 Landslide New South Wales 30/07/1997 view resource
Landslide Landslide - Gracetown, Western Australia 1996 Landslide Western Australia 27/09/1996 view resource
Landslide Landslide - Adelaide Hills, South Australia 1928 Landslide South Australia 31/01/1928 view resource
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Title Author Date Format Type
A Document 1997 Thredbo Landslide Fire and Rescue (NSW) 2007 link Websites view resource
A Document Australian Emergency Manual 24: Reducing the Impact of Landslides Attorney-General's Department 1997 link Manuals & Handbooks view resource
A Briefing Pack Briefing pack: Thredbo Landslide 1997 Australian Emergency Management Institute 1997 application/pdf Briefing Packs view resource
A Document Impact of landslides in Australia to December 2011 Leiba M 2013 application/pdf Journal articles view resource
A Document Investigation of a small landslide, area 9, yarralumla valley, A.C.T. Hall J.K (Geoscience Australia) 1965 link Reports view resource
A Document Mineral resources tasmania: landslide database Department of Infrastructure, Energy & Resources 2013 link Websites view resource
A Document National disaster management guidelines: management of landslides and snow avalanches National Institute of Disaster Management (India) 2009 link Plans & Guidelines view resource
A Document Responding to Thredbo Kumar S 1998 link Journal articles view resource
A Document Taking a risk-based approach for landslide planning: an outline of the New Zealand landslide guidelines Saunders W, Glassey P 2009 link Journal articles view resource
A Document Tasmanian landslide map series: Burnie area Department of Infrastructure, Energy & Resources 2013 link Websites view resource
A Document Tasmanian landslide map series: Devonport area Department of Infrastructure, Energy & Resources 2013 link Websites view resource
A Document Tasmanian landslide map series: Glenorchy area Department of Insfrastructure, Energy & Resources 2013 link Websites view resource
A Document Tasmanian landslide map series: Hobart area Department of Infrastructure, Energy & Resources 2013 link Websites view resource
A Document Tasmanian Landslide map series: Launceston area Department of Infrastructure, Energy & Resources 2013 link Websites view resource
A Document Tasmanian landslide map series: Ulverstone area Department of Infrastructure, Energy & Resources 2013 link Websites view resource