Articles | Volume 18, issue 8
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 2161–2181, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-2161-2018
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 2161–2181, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-2161-2018

Research article 23 Aug 2018

Research article | 23 Aug 2018

Global fatal landslide occurrence from 2004 to 2016

Melanie J. Froude and David N. Petley

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Landslides are a hazard in terrestrial environments with slopes. This paper presents global analysis on patterns of fatal landsliding between 2004 and 2016, using a database collated from media reporting. The data show ~ 56 000 people were killed in 4862 landslide events. Active landslide years coincide with patterns of regional rainfall: most landslides were rainfall triggered. For the first time, analysis shows the number of landslides triggered by human activity increased with time.
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