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California mudslides: maps and zoning should better reflect landslide risk

16 Jan 2018, Conversation Media Group, the

While landslides kill 25 to 50 people a year in the United States, they receive far less attention and research funding than other natural hazards. Landslide hazard maps delineating potential run-out zones should be part of local land use planning. These maps could help guide zoning decisions and better inform homeowners, banks and insurance companies of potential risks.