Landslides factsheet


On early Tuesday morning, 9th January 2018, A devastating mudslide occurred in Santa Barbara County, Southern California. The mudslides from neighboring hillsides run through people’s homes, killing 17 and destroying over 100 homes in its path. This is probably a result of many weeks of wildfires that cleared the vegetative cover on the hills, leaving the land exposed to prolonged rains. Accessed on 12th January 2018

Mud Creek Landslide: Pacific Coast Highway, California, USA

In May 2017, a landslide buried a quarter-mile of the beautiful coastal highway in California’s Big Sur Region. Experts estimate that more than a million tons of rock and dirt buried a part of the highway up to about 35-40ft deep. It is thought to be the largest landslide by far in the state of California. (Source: By Madison Park, CNN Accessed 9:21 AM ET, Thu May 25, 2017)

Here are some devastating landslides in history:

China, 2010: Landslide hits several villages in the north-west of the country, killing at least 1,200 people.

Philippines, 2006: Mudslides caused by Typhoon Durian kill at least 1,000 in Southern Leyte.

Venezuela, 1999: 10,000 – 30,000 die as landslide hits a coastal town, washing many into the sea.

Honduras, 1998: Landslide triggered by Hurricane Mitch kills 6,000 and leaves a million homeless.

Oso, Washington USA: On 22 March 2014, a landslide occurred after about three weeks of unusually high levels of rainfall. This catastrophic landslide killed 43 people. It started at a 360ft hill slope made of unconsolidated glacial and colluvial. It is known to be a location that has experienced a landslide before.

Ponorogo Regency, East Java Province, Indonesia: Heavy rains triggered several landslides that buried about 5 houses killed about 7 people, and affecting about 45,000 people on April 1, 2017.

Reading sources

1. BBC NEWS: Worst landslides in recent years, 25 March 2014
2. Report: Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance., Turning Disaster into Knowledge. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, July 22, 2014
3. Massive landslide hits Banaran village, East Java, Indonesia. Posted by TW on April 03, 2017 in categories Featured articles, Landslide