New Los Angeles Area Landslide Maps Available

The California Geological Survey made its most recent landslide maps free to download online

By Christina Cocca
|  Thursday, Apr 11, 2013  |  Updated 1:34 PM PDT
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New LA Landslide Maps Available

The public can now view the latest group of landslide inventory maps to be aware of areas where slopes have previously fallen. Pictured: Crews tend to a landslide on the Pacific Coast Highway in March.

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Southern Californians can view the latest Los Angeles-area landslide maps released Wednesday by the California Geological Survey (CGS) to increase public safety and guide land development.

The new landslide inventory maps cover 62 square mile areas known as “quadrangles,” including parts of Burbank, Universal City, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Culver City and Glendale, as well as communities of Baldwin Hills and nearby View Park.

“One of those things about landslides is that a lot of times, if they have moved in the past, they are susceptible to move in the future because rocks have already broken and slipped downhill,” CGS Supervising Geologist Tim McCrink said.

The maps give details to local governments, and property owners and developers who may deal with properties in zones that are susceptible to earthquake-induced landslides, according to CGS.

“Where the slope has failed in the past, you can expect it to fail in the future, because a wet winter or rainstorm can trigger it again,” said McCrink, who oversees the mapping program. “That’s why this type of map is important, so people know where the ground has fallen before.”

The new maps are free to download online here:

Paper maps can be ordered by calling the CGS at 916-445-5716 at a cost of $12, plus an additional $6 for shipping and handling.

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