In a landslide, masses of rock, earth, or debris move down a slope. Landslides may be small or large, slow or rapid, and are activated by storms, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, fires, and human modification of land.
How to Identify a Landslide
- Outside walls, walks, or stairs begin pulling away from the building
- Underground utility lines break
- A faint rumbling sound that increases in volume as the landslide nears
- Unusual sounds, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together
How to Prepare for a Landslide
- See Get A Kit and Make A Plan for general information
- Get a ground assessment of your property
- Have flexible pipe fittings installed to avoid gas or water leaks
How to Respond to a Landslide
- Move immediately to higher ground; do not wait for instructions
- Run for the nearest shelter and take cover; if possible, under a desk, table, or other piece of sturdy furniture
- Stay away from the slide area; there may be danger of additional slides.
- Check for injured and trapped persons near the slide without entering the direct slide area
- Watch for broken electrical, water, gas, and sewage lines and damaged roadways and railways