Video: USGS says it’s getting closer to predicting landslides


MENLO PARK (KRON) — The United States Geological Survey said they are getting closer to being able to predict landslides.

As strong storms moved into California in early March, a small network of sensors around the Bay Area detected heavy ground moisture in several locations, a potential sign of landslides.

Geologists notified the National Weather Service, who then issued a shallow landslide warning. Fortunately, the incoming rain wasn’t as heavy as predicted and the danger passed.

With no new storms in the forecast, the USGS said it appears that California is in the clear–for now.

“Unless we get a very large storm, we are through the historic window of when we get landslides in January and February,” USGS Geomorphologist Dr. Jonathan Stock said.

The USGS said they hope to improve their landslide detecting system, something that could take several more rainy seasons to perfect.

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