There are many natural disasters that take place on our planet, ranging from tornadoes, to volcanoes, to hurricanes, and perhaps even landslides.
Among these, landslides can be some of the most destructive for local communities, because anything that lies in the path of a landslide will be completely taken out and reduced to a mucky rubble.
People who do not live in areas that are prone to landslides often times forget that they even exist, but in reality they happen all the time, and cause millions of dollars in damage.
A video was recently brought to light to remind people of how destructive landslides can be which was filmed in the Japan in 2007.
The video starts out right at the action, showing a highway that is blocked off so that nobody can be caught in the danger.
Slowly, the road starts to fall apart, and then suddenly the entire thing comes down to take down the road, and all the telephone poles on the side of the road as well. Then, the side of the mountain starts to come with it.
It is scary and amazing to watch the utter power that is displayed in this video as trees flow at 20 miler per hours as if they are fluid rushing down the steep slope.
If anybody was unfortunate enough to get caught in an accident like this, they would have been killed instantly due to the utter weight of the millions of tons of trees, wreckage, dirt, and water that was tumbling down the slope.
Landslides are quite complex natural disasters, but like many others can be predicted to prevent people from being caught up in them and getting hurt.
In the video, you can clearly see that a road block had been put up so that nobody would be driving on that part of the slope at that time which evidently was a good idea because it saved people’s lives.
Civil engineers and geologists are able to work together to predict when landslides will happen be collecting data on weather patterns and studying the condition of the soil at hand and the upcoming weather.
These types of disasters often times happen when there is a soft and weak soil supporting lots of weights, and when the soil gets wet it has tendency to slide down the hill and liquefy itself, creating the landslide effect.
Landslides have been getting increasingly worse as time progresses due to heavier storms due to changing weather patterns.
Every year in the U.S. alone, which has very closely monitored conditions due to a large supply of scientists, landslides cause about $3.5 billion in damage and kill around 50 people, primarily in the northwest region of the country due to the heavy rains up there.
In the past six years worldwide, it is estimated that 32,322 people have been killed by landslides alone, primarily in southeast Asia.
If you want to see the chilling video of the landslide, check it out below and let us know if you have ever seen a landslide in the comments!
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