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How much do landslides cost in terms of monetary losses?

In the United States, it was estimated in 1985 that the total dollar losses from landslides average between $1 billion and $2 billion per year. (As this is an old estimate, a more realistic number is between $2 billion and $4 billion per year, computed for year 2010 dollars). This figure is a conservative estimate, as there is no uniform method or overall agency that keeps track of or reports landslide losses. Landslides result in extremely high monetary losses in other countries, but there is no overall estimate as to the exact amount. The 1998 El Niño event in the San Francisco Bay Area caused landslide damage estimated to total approximately $210.2 million (year 2010 dollars).


Learn more: Archives: USGS Information on El Nino


Sources of Information:

Schuster, R.L., 1996, Socioeconomic effects of landslides, in Turner, A. K., and R.L. Schuster, Landslides: Investigation and Mitigation, Transportation Research Board Special Report 247, National Research Council, Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press

Highland, Lynn M., Godt, Jonathan, Howell, David, and William Z. Savage, 1998, U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 089-98.

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