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View Resource Landslide Types and Processes

This fact sheet provides an overview of basic scientific facts about landslides. Topics include the different types of landslides, ways that they might be triggered, and how to lessen the effects of landslides on people and structures. A set of links to additional information and some suggested publications are provided. A downloadable, printable version is also available.

View Resource National Landslide Hazards Mitigation Strategy: A Framework for Loss Reduction

This report outlines the key elements of a comprehensive and effective national strategy for reducing losses from landslides nationwide and provides an assessment of the status, needs, and associated costs of this strategy. Topics include the rising costs resulting from landslide damage, the role of the federal government in mitigating this hazard, and some features of the new strategy such as...

View Resource Landslide Hazards

This fact sheet provides an overview of the hazards presented by landslides and debris flows, particluarly in wet weather conditions in landslide-prone areas. Topics include a discussion of the characteristics of debris flows, and suggestions for residents who live in steep, hilly terrain which is subject to periodic heavy rains.

View Resource Large Floods in the United States: Where They Happen and Why

This report discusses the spatial distribution of the largest, most damaging floods in the United States and some of the factors that affect this distribution. Topics include regional climatology, topography, and basin size. A discussion of climatological factors includes the general northward trend of decreasing atmospheric moisture; proximity to oceanic moisture sources such as the Pacific...

View Resource Mount Pinatubo: Predicting a Volcanic Eruption

In spite of the unpredictability of volcanoes, scientists have learned to read the many signs they display prior to an eruption, in the hope of minimizing damage to lives and personal property. This video segment describes efforts of scientists at the Pinatubo Volcanic Observatory to read the signs presented by Mount Pinatubo, just before it unleashed one of the most powerful eruptions of the...

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