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The primary objective of the National Landslide Hazards Program (LHP) is to reduce long-term losses from landslide hazards by improving our understanding of the causes of ground failure and suggesting mitigation strategies.

Near Realtime Maps of Possible Earthquake-Triggered Landslides

Near Realtime Maps of Possible Earthquake-Triggered Landslides

USGS scientists have been developing a system to quickly identify areas where landslides may have been triggered by a significant earthquake.

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Mountain Permafrost,Climate Change,and Rock Avalanches in Glacier Bay

Mountain Permafrost,Climate Change,and Rock Avalanches in Glacier Bay

We usually hear about landslides and avalanches that are caused by large amounts of rainfall, the shaking from earthquakes, or a volcanic eruption, but we may be hearing more about avalanches caused by the melting of ice in the coming years.

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News

Date published: July 3, 2018

Rattlesnake Hills Landslide Information

What is known and what is being done, from the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

Date published: January 26, 2018

USGS Geologists Join Efforts in Montecito to Assess Debris-Flow Aftermath

Days after fatal debris flows devastated Southern California’s Montecito community,  a team of U.S. Geological Survey geologists joined county, state, and federal partners to survey and  evaluate the aftermath.

 

Date published: November 30, 2017

Revisiting the Oso Landslide

"Gravity Never Sleeps":  The USGS collaborates with community partners for a series of briefings on Capitol Hill to discuss national landslide hazards.  

Publications

Year Published: 2014

Landslides in the northern Colorado Front Range caused by rainfall, September 11-13, 2013

During the second week of September 2013, nearly continuous rainfall caused widespread landslides and flooding in the northern Colorado Front Range. The combination of landslides and flooding was responsible for eight fatalities and caused extensive damage to buildings, highways, and infrastructure. Three fatalities were attributed to a fast...

Godt, Jonathan W.; Coe, Jeffrey A.; Kean, Jason W.; Baum, Rex L.; Jones, Eric S.; Harp, Edwin L.; Staley, Dennis M.; Barnhart, William D.
Landslides in the northern Colorado Front Range caused by rainfall, September 11-13, 2013; 2014; FS; 2013-3114; Godt, Jonathan W.; Coe, Jeffrey A.; Kean, Jason W.; Baum, Rex L.; Jones, Eric S.; Harp, Edwin L.; Staley, Dennis M.; Barnhart, William D.

Year Published: 2012

Assessment of shallow landslide potential using 1-D and 3-D slope stability analysis

Eberhardt, Erik; Froese, Corey; Turner, Keith; Leroueil, S.; Baum, Rex L.; Godt, Jonathan W.; Coe, Jeffrey A.; Reid, Mark E.
Assessment of shallow landslide potential using 1-D and 3-D slope stability analysis; 2012; Book chapter; Book; Conference Proceedings; Landslides and Engineered Slopes, Protecting Society Through Improved Understanding: Proceedings of the 11th International and 2nd North American Symposium on Landslides and Engineered Slopes, Banff, Canada, 3-8 June; Baum, R. L.; Godt, J. W.; Coe, J. A.; Reid, M. E.

Year Published: 2012

Kinematics of the Slumgullion landslide revealed by ground-based InSAR surveys

Eberhardt, Erik; Froese, Corey; Turner, Keith; Leroueil, S.; Schulz, W.H.; Coe, J.A.; Shurtleff, B.L.; Panosky, J.; Farina, P.; Ricci, P.P.; Barsacchi, G.
Kinematics of the Slumgullion landslide revealed by ground-based InSAR surveys; 2012; Book chapter; Book; Conference Proceedings; Landslides and Engineered Slopes, Protecting Society Through Improved Understanding: Proceedings of the 11th International and 2nd North American Symposium on Landslides and Engineered Slopes, Banff, Canada, 3-8 June; Schulz, W. H.; Coe, J. A.; Shurtleff, B. L.; Panosky, J. ; Farina, P. ; Ricci, P. P.; Barsacchi, G.