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Kayci Simmons

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Transcript of Landslides

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
By: Kayci Simmons and Hannah Rhodes

What is a landslide?
A landslide is the sliding down of a mass of earth or rock from a mountain or cliff.
What causes a landslide?
Wildfires, earthquakes, human activity and lots of weathering
What happens during a landslide?
Rocks and regolith qucikly move downward from a mountain top or a cliff.
What areas on Earth are at risk of a landslide?
Anywhere near a mountain or a cliff are at risk of a landslide.
How are landslides measured for severity?
It's measured by how much rock and soil is desposited. There isn't a paticular scale to measure it, though.
What precautions should the public take?
Catch onto the warning signs. Sometimes porches and decks will begin to lean and sway before a landslide. Also, make sure the doors are jammed.
Notify the fire department, notify your neighbors and protect yourself from any object that may harm or damage your body.
If a radio or TV is available, watch the news to know where the danger areas are. If you feel comfortable and ambitious enough, replace the damaged ground in order to prevent further landslides.
Where and when was the most recent landslide?
September 30th in Mexico City, Mexico.
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