Landslides are common in many parts of New Zealand because of our mountainous land, loose volcanic soil, and frequent earthquake activity. Weather and human activity can also cause landslides. Landslides can endanger buildings, livestock and people.
A landslide is the movement of rock, soil and vegetation down a slope. Landslides can range in size from a single boulder to a large avalanche of debris spread across many kilometres. Landslides are a serious geological hazard in many parts of New Zealand.
Heavy rainfall or earthquakes can cause a landslide. Human activities can also cause landslides. These can include:
Some warning signs are:
It’s important to recognise the warning signs and act quickly.
Make sure your school has the names of three people who could pick you up if your usual person can’t be there.
Make a plan with your family to get through an emergency. Think about the things you need every day and work out what you would do if you didn't have them.
Make your plan — print it out, stick it on the fridge and make sure everyone knows the plan.
Read a New Zealand perspective on landslides on Te Ara, the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.
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