Earth in motion
The Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupted on November 13th, 1985, causing massive debris flows that inundated the town of Armero. Most of its 25,000 residents died in the disaster.
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In the week of December 9th, 1999, the coastal state of Vargas, Venezuela was devastated by more than 50 rapid-flow landslides caused by torrential rainfall. It destroyed the homes of thousands of families, and claimed the lives of some 2000 victims.
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At 3.23pm on May 31st, 1970, a devastating earthquake struck the coast and highlands of central Peru. It caused a landslide that buried the Andean town of Yungay, along with the majority of its 8000 inhabitants.
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