When Is Mud Dangerous?
ES1204  Earthquake-Caused Mudslide

When unstable soil experiences shaking, it can flow downhill. In February 2001, the Nisqually earthquake shook the Puget Sound region in Washington. This mudflow occurred on the unstable surface of a preexisting landslide.

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Alan Chleborad, USGS

Mudslide on surface of preexisting landslide, Puget Sound region, Washington.


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