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A Global View of Landslide Susceptibility

A Global View of Landslide Susceptibility

By one estimate, landslides triggered by heavy rain kill roughly 4,600 people each year. Scientists at NASA and elsewhere are trying to find ways to reduce that number.

Dalia Kirschbaum and Thomas Stanley have taken one step in that direction by developing a new map of global landslide susceptibility. The map is part of a broader effort to establish a hazards monitoring system that combines satellite observations of rainfall from the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission with an assessment of the underlying susceptibility of terrain.

Steep slopes are the most important factor that make a landscape susceptible to landslides. Other key factors include deforestation, the presence of roads, the strength of bedrock and soils, and the location of faults.

 

 


A landslide has comprised the integrity of Lake Tahoma Dam (North Carolina). MANDATORY EVACUATIONS underway

CBS

 


Mozambique: 16 people died last week when heavy rains triggered a landslide in Maputo’s garbage dump

The Guardian

 


January 18, 1969: The worst weather-related disaster in California in the 20th century.

History Channel

 

 


Tons of mud, trees and boulders have swept away homes in Southern California this week and so far 17 people are dead.

CNN

“….In addition to the fatalities, at least 17 people are unaccounted for….”

 


Surging mudslides and floodwaters in and around Freetown, Sierra Leone kills more than 300 and another 600 people are missing

NY Daily News

 


Chinese Landslide: 15 bodies recovered but more than 100 remain missing.

BBC

 


Xinmo, China: More than 140 people in southwestern China are feared to have been buried under an avalanche of mud and rocks when a hillside collapsed on Saturday

NY Times

  • 40 homes appeared to have been engulfed

 


In the aftermath of Megi: Chinese rescuers pull 15 alive from landslide, but 32 still missing

Reuters

Typhoon Megi Passes Taiwan

 


At least 40 people have been killed by landslides in the Mexican states of Puebla and Veracruz after Tropical Storm Earl hit eastern Mexico.

CNN


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