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Blogging the danger—and sometimes the art—of deadly landslides
Landslides kill thousands of people each year worldwide. They can strike without warning, triggered by earthquakes, erosion, or human construction activity. Since 2002, geoscientist Dave Petley has made it his mission to track landslide-related deaths and to collect knowledge about this natural hazard. Officially, Petley is pro-vice chancellor for research and enterprise at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, U.K. But for nearly a decade, he has written The Landslide Blog, now hosted by the American Geophysical Union, which ranges across landslide science, emergency response, and even topics such as depictions of landslides in art. This interview was conducted by email and has been edited for brevity and clarity.