Do you know what to do in the event of a landslide? Find out what you need to know, how to prepare, what to do when it happens and also what to do after the event.
Landslides are a serious geological hazard throughout much of New Zealand. A landslide is the movement of rock, soil and vegetation down a slope. Landslides can range in size from a single boulder, or a rock fall to a very large avalanche of debris with huge quantities of rock and soil that can be spread across many kilometres.
If there has been an earthquake or significant rainfall over an extended period of time, be alert when driving especially, where there are embankments along roadsides. Watch the road for collapsed pavements, mud and fallen rocks.
Some other signs that indicate the ground is moving include:
If you think a landslide is imminent ACT QUICKLY!
Getting out of the path of a landslide is your best protection.
Getting ready before a landslide will help reduce damage to your home and business and help you survive.
Heavy rain, floods or earthquake shaking can cause a landslide. Human activity, such as removal of trees and vegetation, steep roadside cuttings or leaking water pipes can also cause landslides. Most landslides occur without warning so it’s important to understand the risk, be prepared, recognise the warning signs and act quickly.
Act quickly. Getting out of the path of a landslide is your best protection.
If there has been a landslide, your property may be impacted and it may not be safe to stay home. If it is safe, your utilities might be impacted or access to and from your property. It is important that you and your family stay safe and are able to take care of yourselves.
Keep in mind that further landslides may occur. If there has been an earthquake there may be aftershocks. If there has been a sustained period of heavy rain, the earth may be saturated and still unstable and there may be more rain ahead.