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Landslide Research in Puerto Rico

When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017, it triggered more than 70,000 landslides across the island, which disrupted transportation routes, dislodged homes from their foundations on steep hillsides, and caused both direct and indirect loss of life. In the wake of the hurricane, professionals in Puerto Rico reached out to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for technical and educational materials on landslides, highlighting the need to support the education of residents and emergency managers about Puerto Rico’s landslide risk.

In response, the U.S. Geological Survey National Landslide Hazard Program and the Natural Hazards Center partnered with the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Geology Department. Together, they developed outreach materials on landslide hazards and shared resources and interdisciplinary expertise with a broad range of counterparts in Puerto Rico.

In this episode we speak with Raquel Lugo Bendezu & Yahaira Alvarez, Undergrad Students with the Natural Hazards Center in Puerto RIco, about the work they are doing in the area of landslides.

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