How Does a Mudslide Form?

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A mudslide will form from heavy rainfall that causes the soil and bedrock to move. Once the slide starts, it can reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.
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Mudslides are cause by upper levels of the ground becoming unstable, usually during extremely hard rains. Large fires can also be a factor in mudslides, because the upper, more stable levels of the ground are burned away.
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