Earthquake Creates Landslide Of Rocks That Flows Like A River

WooGlobePublished: February 7, 2018Updated: February 9, 2018209 views
Published: February 7, 2018Updated: February 9, 2018

Monsoon season brings much needed relief from the scorching heat that is spring time in Pakistan. Monsoon rains are quite heavy by nature and can cause significant flooding. But in the spring on 2016, all of this changed for the worse.

March is considered to be pre-monsoon season, but the heavy rains that affected the country, especially the northern parts, lasted over several days. According to official reports, at least 45 people have been killed and 34 injured after the heavy rain across north-west Pakistan caused the roofs of dozens of homes to collapse.

The heavy rainfall was followed by an earthquake of 6.6 magnitude. The shock caused a multitude of landslides all across the country, but this is the first we see that carried chopped up boulder with it, flowing downhill like a river.

This landslide happened in April 2016 in the Gilgit Baltistan area of Pakistan. The water brought down with itself large stones from the mountain, creating a "river of rocks".

Gilgit Baltistan is in the northern part of Pakistan with the mountainous terrain. Landslides and earthquakes are pretty common in this part of the region.

A landslide, also known as a landslip or Mudslide, is a form of mass wasting that includes a wide range of ground movements, such as rockfalls, deep failure of slopes, and shallow debris flows. Although the action of gravity is the primary driving force for a landslide to occur, there are other contributing factors affecting the original slope stability.

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