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Yikes! W.Pa. prominent in landslide map

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CourtesyofNationalGeographicOur region’s clay and shale layer perform poorly during heavy rain and can make our hillsides take a tumble, according to National Geographic, which used data collected by NASA’s Global Landslide Catalog to plot landslides from 2007 to 2013.

The good news, as Adam Smeltz noted in the Trib this month, is that experts say the landslides here are unlikely to be catastrophic.

To click on NG’s map, go here.

GRAPHIC BY XAQUÍN G.V. AND KELSEY NOWAKOWSKI, NGM STAFF.
SOURCE: DALIA B. KIRSCHBAUM, GLOBAL LANDSLIDE CATALOG (GLC), NASA; Data Copyright © 2014 United States Government as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. All Rights Reserved. Note: GLC does not represent a comprehensive list of landslides; it helps identify significant location and time patterns.

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