Read the story at the BBC:
Other useful links:
Why do mudslides happen?
Information on the Gansu landslide (2010)
So ... Now you know all about mudslides and are up to date with what is going on in Washington State ... Answer the following questions:
1. Firstly make some case study notes in the usual way by answering the following:
c) What happened? Describe the event
d) Why did it happen? Explain it
e) How have people responded to the disaster? Could they have been better prepared?
2. a) List four possible causes of mudslides.
b) Explain why geology AND relief are important in predicting where mudslides are going to occur.
3. Read the information on Gansu (2010).
a) make brief notes using the same titles as in Q1
b) why do you think that the impact of Gansu disaster was so much greater than the landslide in the US?
Interesting note: if you type landslide in slightly wrong on the iPhone, it's autocorrect changes it to landladies!