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6405. Debris avalanche : The sudden downslope movement of the soil mantle on steep slopes often occurring when the flank of a mountain or volcano collapses and slides downslope.  Occurs under unsaturated soil conditions, as opposed to lahars, which are water saturated mass flows.

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6405. Avalanche de débris : Mouvement brusque de descente du manteau du sol sur des pentes raides qui se produit souvent quand le flanc d’une montagne ou d’un volcan s’effondre sur la pente. Ce phénomène est causé par des conditions du sol non saturées par opposition à Lahars caractérisés par des écoulements massifs saturés d’eau.

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