What is your point of view on this landslide?
On June 24th 2017 a horrendous landslide occurred in the village of Xinmo, which is located in the Sichuan province in China. Due to the amount of rain in that region of China it increases the chances of landslides, and with this landslide came 106 million cubic feed of rocks and sediments down hill. According to Forbes that is enough to fill the Dallas Cowboys Stadium and still have a million cubic feet left. When the sediment and rocks came down it buried an entire village, and it was feared that over 120 people were buried alive and at least 15 were found dead according to BBC.
This area is unfortunately prone to natural disasters, in particular, landslides due to the number of earthquakes and rain this area receives. The landslides are extremely dangerous because of the fact that this type of landslide, debris landslides, can pick up trees and other objects and take them crashing with them to the ground. If we look at landslides scientifically they tend to occur when the force of gravity is greater than the stability of the hill, mountain, etc. There was some economic damage unfortunately due to the local river system being blocked but after rescuing the trapped individuals the river system was unblocked. As stated because of the landslides being very common to this region this incident is bound to happen again. They had over 500 rescuers and 20 dogs looking for those individuals trapped so I really don’t think there could have been anything extra done in this case to limit the number of deaths, especially because their type of landslides vary between being caused by rain and seismic activity.