Could the Oso landslide have been avoided? Are there more landslide prone areas across the country and how could state and federal agencies locate them and take precautions? Professors of the University of Washington D.R. Montgomery and J. Wartman, in their NY Times article "How to Make Landslides Less Deadly", are providing enlightening information with regards to the above questions and explain that despite recent technological advancements, little has been done towards their implementation in the development of detailed and reliable maps of landslide hazards nationwide.
As a result of the continuing landslides and their detrimental effects on property and infrastructure, the Arizona Geological Survey (AZGS) is about to begin a new landslide inventory project. The new project is going to help residents, state and federal authorities to efficiently prepare and deal with the consequences of future landslides.