chapter  4
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Landslide triggers and types

ByRobert L. Schuster, Gerald F. Wieczorek

The term “landslide trigger” refers to an external stimulus, such as intense rainfall, rapid snowmelt, seismic shaking, volcanic eruption, stream/coastal erosion, or natural dam failure, which causes an immediate or near-immediate response in the form of landslide activity. In this paper, we discuss the types of landslides caused by these triggering processes and present a limited number of worldwide examples of their occurrence.