Fran Majidi manages content on SmartFinancial's website. She's had nearly a decade's worth of experience writing about insurance-related topics. Prior, she was an arts and entertainment editor in New York City. She has a B.A. from Barnard College and an M.F.A. in writing from The New School. She writes books under her given name, Afarin Majidi.
Landslides are caused by the movement of destabilized land due to either gradual erosion or a large accumulation of water. Mudslides occur when a mass of earth or rock moves downhill pushed by gravity.