Southern California landslides-an overview

Fact Sheet 2005-3107
Prepared in Cooperation with the California Geological Survey



Southern California lies astride a major tectonic plate boundary defined by the San Andreas Fault and numerous related faults that are spread across a broad region. This dynamic tectonic environment has created a spectacular landscape of rugged mountains and steep-walled valleys that compose much of the region’s scenic beauty. Unfortunately, this extraordinary landscape also presents serious geologic hazards. Just as tectonic forces are steadily pushing the landscape upward, gravity is relentlessly tugging it downward. When gravity prevails, landslides can occur.

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Southern California landslides-an overview
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2005-3107
DOI 10.3133/fs20053107
Edition Version 1.0
Year Published 2005
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Description 4 p.
Country United States
State California
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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