Our entire region is prone to landslides, and the chances are higher in the rainy coastal areas.  Case in point: Last Chance Grade, on US 101 in Del Norte County. 

The road sits on an active landslide, and road crews are constantly working to shore it up and keep it from collapsing. 

Plans are in the works to move the road to a safer area, but money and environmental laws are keeping the progress slow. 

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The wet winter reminded many people--some of us the hard way--that the land around us is not necessarily stable. 

Heavy rain and snow caused landslides in a number of places in the West. 

Now the Oregon geology agency is joining forces with its Washington counterpart to help land owners recognize and avoid landslide hazards. 

Recent technological advances allow greater mapping of places where the earth is prone to move. 

Just How Slide-Prone IS Our Region?

Apr 12, 2016
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It was just another rainy spring day in 2014 when a landslide killed 43 people and destroyed dozens of homes near Oso, Washington. 

The event unleashed unimagined tragedy on a rural community, though the conditions that lead to such catastrophic landslides are commonplace throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Scott Burns is our guest, a landslide expert from Portland State University. 

Tracking Landslides Better In Oregon

Apr 29, 2014

The recent landslide in Washington pointed up a basic fact about geology: land that has slid tends to slide again. 

The state of Oregon is taking notice, in fact has been for years. 

The state is in the process of expanding its database of known landslide locations.