Extreme weather can speed up a stable landslide • Earth.com

Last update: August 17th, 2019 at 7:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the site of the Mud Creek landslide near Big Sur, California on May 20, 2017.

The landslide dumped about 6 million cubic yards of rock and debris across California Highway 1, causing $54 million in damages.

For the first time, researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have managed to document the transition of a landslide from stable to catastrophic.

The scientists found that drought and extreme rains are factors that can destabilize and speed up a slow-moving landslide.

The study is published in the journal in Scientific Reports.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

 

 

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