rescuers search for survivors on 2 april 2017 after floodwaters carrying mud and debris inundated parts of mocoa, colombia

How Landslides Become Disasters

A new modeling platform, tested on two recent natural disasters, simulates conditions that dump landslide debris into rain-swollen rivers, often causing more damage than the landslides themselves — In the spring and summer of 2017, torrential rainfall triggered a series of landslides culminating in two catastrophic disasters: one in Mocoa, an inland city in southwestern …

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