Movie Synopsis:

  • A catastrophic 1982 rainstorm triggered 18,000 landslides in the Bay Area, claiming 25 lives and causing $66 million in property damage
  • The combination of steep slopes, weak rocks, and intense winter storms make Bay Area uplands an ideal setting for landslides
  • Landslides include both swift, potentially deadly debris flows and slower, but destructive deepseated slides
  • Learn what USGS scientists have discovered about landslide dynamics and which slopes are most susceptible to sliding
  • Hear the devastating stories of Bay Area residents affected by landslides and learn to recognize the danger signs

Producer/Director/Editor KAREN ADAMS
Principal Videographer DOUGLAS DEVORE
Graphics Animator/Artist BRYAN COLEMAN
Lead Associate Editor WENDY VAN WAZER
Chief Scientific Advisor RAYMOND WILSON
Original Musical Score and Sound Design by DAN CANTRELL
Cover Art by NANCY BROWN

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