Landslides, Ireland’s greatest natural hazard

Ireland does not suffer from major earthquakes, nor volcanic eruptions, or major hurricanes. We have few natural hazards, but chief among them is probably landslides, which can occur without warning throughout the country.

The Geological Survey of Ireland has set up a special study group on landslides in an effort to find out more about why landslides occur, and to draw up ‘landslide susceptibility maps’ to help builders and planners plan for the risks.

To find out more, click here to read piece (published, July ’09, Science Spin)