The National Landslide Information Center; data to reduce landslide damage

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Almost every day a landslide disasters occurs somewhere in the world. Nearly any time there is heavy rainfall, an earthquake, a volcanic eruption, strong wave action on a shoreline, or some ill-considered alteration of sloping land by humans, landslides occur.

In a world of persistent and increasing construction on and occupation of hillslopes, canyons, and coastal bluffs, landslides are exacting an inexorable toll of human life and economic loss. In the 1980's, massive landslides disasters occurred throughout the world, many in regions where such disasters were historically unprecedented, or where their potential was forgotten or disregarded. by present generations. In some cases, large populations had moved onto unstable lands before renewed landslide activity. For example, the San Francisco Bay region in population between 1955 and 1982, and much of the new development occurred on hillsides and in canyons. Major rainstorms in both 1955 and 1982 produced abundant landslides throughout the region, but the landslides in 1982 proved much more devastating than those in 1955 because of the increased population density on sloping ground. Similar situations persist in many other population centers surrounded by hills and mountains, such as Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles. 

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The National Landslide Information Center; data to reduce landslide damage
Series title Earthquakes & Volcanoes (USGS)
Volume 23
Issue 2
Year Published 1992
Language English
Publisher U.S Geological Survey
Description 6 p.
First page 52
Last page 57
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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