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April 15, 2015

M is for Mudslide


My theme for my 2015 A to Z Challenge came from my Disaster Crimes series. Disasters are a theme in each story, so it got me thinking about all the disasters that occur from natural disasters to manmade disasters.

Today’s disaster is...
MUDSLIDE

Mudslides (or mudflows) are a form of mass/slope movement, a process by which sand, soil, rock, and regolith move down slope. This usually occurs due to gravity but water, such as melting snow, heavy rainfall, floods and groundwater, can play a major role.

FACT: Mass movement has happened on Mars, Venus, and Jupiter's moon Io.

Because of the clay in most mudslides, they can travel far and even across areas with low slope angles. They can devastate villages and countrysides. The hills around Los Angeles are often affected by mudslides.

FACT: Because mudslides are a lot like floods, they can move houses off their foundations and even bury them.

Areas that are at risk of mudslides have steep slopes and are located where surface runoff is directed. Places with channels along streams/rivers, destroyed vegetation from wildfires or construction, and of course places that have had landslides in the past are also at risk.

FACT: The world's largest landslide occurred during the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, a volcano in Washington, USA.




Check out these recipes for Mudslides (alcoholic drink): Drinks Mixer


QUESTIONS: Has anyone ever tried the Mudslide drink? Do you live at the bottom of a steep slope (hills/mountains)?

119 comments:

Blogoratti said...

These are great facts, and no I haven't tried the mudslide drink!

Jennifer Hawes said...

In the spring after the rains, our town turns into a mudslide. We have so many cliffs and steep roads, there's always a wash-out somewhere. One time (not too long ago) a huge chunk of highway just slid right off. Glad I wasn't driving on it that day!

Unknown said...

Ewwww mudslides!

Stephen Tremp said...

We have some real big mudslides here. Driving down the freeway you can see large sections of hills that have collapsed. Fortunately no houses were involved.

Stephen Tremp
A to Z Cohost
M is for Movies

Sarah Foster said...

Mudslides sure are tasty but I definitely wouldn't want to be anywhere near a real one!!

Unknown said...

Great one! I was wondering what you'd come up with for M

Sean @ His And Her Hobbies said...

I tried the mudslide drink once and it was a little too chocolaty for my tastes. since it is flat where we live we don't have issues with mudslides, just flooding after rain.

Sean at His and Her Hobbies

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

Nah, we live on top of a hill, so if the mud goes, we go with it... XD There was a book I used to read as a kid that had a story about a mudslide that buried a school somewhere in the USA, and I always thought it was terrifying...

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Tasha Duncan-Drake said...

Never tried a mudslide, but they sound nice (the drink that is ;)). We live on a hill, but it's all houses around us and we're near the top so no mudslides here. I saw you mention Mars - did you see NASA believe Mars could have liquid water?
Tasha
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Chrys Fey said...

Thanks! I haven't tried it either.

Chrys Fey said...

Jeez! I'm glad you weren't driving on the highway then either. I hope no one was hurt in it!

Chrys Fey said...

LOL!

Chrys Fey said...

That would be interesting to see. I'm glad no houses have been touched by those mudslides.

Chrys Fey said...

Now I want to try one.

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks! ;)

Chrys Fey said...

A deep love of chocolate is probably a good thing to have to try a mudslide drink.

Flooding sucks. I experience that whenever it rains too.

Chrys Fey said...

Haha! I'm sorry but I couldn't help but laugh at that. Whoa, I never heard about that.

Chrys Fey said...

Good thing you're at the top of the hill. I didn't hear that, but it doesn't surprise me since Mars is the most like Earth.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A wall of earth rushing at you would be terrifying.

nashvillecats2 said...

Good to read but not so good to be in. I wouldn't like to be caught in that.

Yvonne.

Tamara Narayan said...

I'm so close to Lake Ontario that it's too flat for mudslides, thank goodness. I've never heard of the mass movements on other planets.

Chrys Fey said...

More so than a wall of dust.

Chrys Fey said...

Nor would I.

Chrys Fey said...

I hadn't either until I did research. It's neat to know how other planets have weather and other types of events like we do.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Have heard of mud slides, but haven't heard of the drink!

Unknown said...

Oh those? We have them all the time in Nigeria. No, just kidding. What we have are muddy waters when it rains. Lol

S. L. Hennessy said...

Mudslides terrify me.

Good luck with the A to Z Challenge!
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Stephanie Bird said...

I recall from living in Cali that mudslides are pretty scary stuff. Now I live in an area as flat as can be but feel great sympathy for those in areas prone to mudslides. I've never tried a mudslide drink.

Jay Noel said...

I see mudslides on TV, and they are just horrifying. Especially when you see houses fall off the edge of a cliff.

David P. King said...

A bad mudslide happened not far from where I am years ago. Now there is a ghost town as a result.

Birgit said...

There is one town in the states that is now buried. I think it happened in the 30's but don't quote me. Thankfully I do not live on the side of any gulley or anything like that. I was not sure if you were going to talk about the great Molasses flood? Oh and I never did try that drink

Nicki Elson said...

A mudslide nearly devastated one of my favorite towns in the whole world - Vernazza, Italy. The central street coming down from the hills was like a magnet for mud. It's been saved though.

Thanks for the recipe - I have to admit, upon seeing your title, the drink was where my mind automatically went!

J.H. Moncrieff said...

I'm on the prairies, so I think I'm safe from mudslides. :) I remember trying the drink back in the day, but it's definitely been awhile!

Anabel Marsh said...

There are certain roads in Scotland that seem to suffer from mudslides every year - scary! Thanks for visiting Anabel's Travel Blog.

Lisa said...

My parents live in North Carolina in the mountains. Two years ago a mudslide took out the road right down the mountain from their house. Not a mudslide on to the road, the road literally slide down the mountain! The DOT folks were right on it and had it fixed quickly, which was amazing! Glad no one was on the road when it went! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

Pat Hatt said...

I think I'd rather take snow that mud avalanch-ing at me

Annalisa Crawford said...

There have been a couple of mudslides in Cornwall over the years - the results are devastating.

Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

Jeffrey Scott said...

Yes, have had Mississippi mudslides from time to time. One of the most requested drinks when I have company over. Kahlua is good. :)

Chrys Fey said...

LOL! :P

Chrys Fey said...

The drink is new to me too.

Chrys Fey said...

I can see why.

Chrys Fey said...

California has to deal with a lot of disasters from earthquakes to mudslides and wildfires.

Chrys Fey said...

Seeing houses fall of cliffs is so heartbreaking.

Chrys Fey said...

Wow! That is sad.

Chrys Fey said...

I talked about floods for F but I forgot to mention The Great Molasses Flood. I remember learning about that as a kid.

Chrys Fey said...

I'm glad about that!

Haha! Then it's a good thing I mentioned it. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

I think you are too. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

That is scary. Especially if you have to drive down them.

Chrys Fey said...

Whoa! It is a very good thing no one was on that road.

Chrys Fey said...

I think I would too.

Chrys Fey said...

They are devastating. What is left behind is heart-wrenching.

Chrys Fey said...

And I've never even tried the drink. I need to fix that!

Jeffrey Scott said...

Post Haste!

cleemckenzie said...

We've had mudslides here and they are very intimidating. The image of the bust in the middle of the mud is quite poignant. There's a story to tell.

Sophie Duncan said...

Yes, I have drunk a mudslide - they are really nice.

I am glad I have never experienced the more serious type!
Sophie
Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles
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D.G. Hudson said...

That's why I prefer to live up higher and not on the sides of unstable areas. We have had mudslides up here in our interior which have buried cars, and one rock and mudslide which devastated a wide swathe of land near one of our highways. Sometimes the reason is due to weather (deluges of rain) or unstable areas due to blasting through highways in earlier decades. It's a good idea to research before you buy. Even travelling in these areas can be hazardous at certain times.

Sharon Himsl said...

In 2014 Washington state had another mudslide that covered a square mile and killed 43 people in rural Oso. Relatives began contacting relatives all over the state. My sister, it turns out, knew one of the victims. The Mt. St. Helens landslide is still visible....and all the trees are still lying flat and bare from the eruption; it looks like a nuclear blast. Thanks for sharing, Chrys. Interesting post!
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Anonymous said...

Nature's mudslide? No thanks I'll pass. Alcoholic mudslide? Sure, give me one. ;)

~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
Member of C. Lee's Muffin Commando Squad
Story Dam
Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I've never drank a mudslide but my sister lives in Washington state and was near some of the mudslides that buried some small towns.

Stephanie Faris said...

Mudslides are pretty scary. When I first saw the title of this, though, my first thought was of the alcoholic drink with ice cream!

Carrie-Anne said...

I've always loved mud, the thicker, the better, but I don't think I'd like living in the vicinity of a potential mudslide.

Unknown said...

It is sad to think of something as fun as "mud" can be so destructive. I prefer to just think of mud pies and cute little pigs covered in mud ;)

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Elizabeth Mueller said...

Buahaha! Clever you in bringing up the mudslide recipe! We live at the bottom of a mountain, but more outside of the muddy ranges. Where we live, is rocky, but people who life on the actual foot are in danger of flooding, I've heard.

Elizabeth Mueller
AtoZ 2015
My Little Pony

Nick Wilford said...

The mudslide that comes in a glass sounds like the best type.

J E Oneil said...

They can move houses?! Boy, I'm glad I live in a place that's relatively flat.

Chrys Fey said...

A story indeed.

Chrys Fey said...

I'm glad too. For both of us!

Chrys Fey said...

Researching before you buy is a very smart idea. Not many people think to do that.

Chrys Fey said...

I remember that slide. The images were terrible. I'm sorry for your sister's friend.

Chrys Fey said...

Haha! I'll whip one up for you right now. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

I'm glad she's okay. Those slides were horrible.

Chrys Fey said...

You're not the only one to think that. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

Playing in mud when you're little is fun, bot not a mudslide.

Chrys Fey said...

I prefer to think about those things too.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you! I thought some would get a kick out of that. :)

Chrys Fey said...

It sure is! ;)

Chrys Fey said...

They sure can. And so am I!

Liz Blocker said...

Happy halfway day!! Ah yes, mudslides: one of the reasons I don't want to live in California...

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Never tried the drink. Live at the top of a sloped hill... hoping to stay put for many years!

Liz A. said...

I'm not in an area prone to mudslides *shudders*. I did go to see Mt. St. Helens a few years after the eruption. The destruction was amazing.

Mary Kirkland said...

I've seen some crazy mud slides on tv but thankfully I've never been in one.

Anonymous said...

I've gone mud sliding at camp, but I've never been in a mudslide. They seem terrifying!

Shell Flower said...

Just a couple years ago there was a huge mudslide about 35 miles from me in Arlington, WA, the Oso Mudslide. Hundreds of people died and the survivor stories are crazy. It was so sad the first few days as families waited in hopes of finding survivors, but the last survivor was rescued just a few hours after the whole neighborhood slid off a hill and was buried. It had rained for a couple weeks almost straight that year, which is part of what caused it, but also logging above the site is a factor. This stuff is real.

S.A. Larsenッ said...

Thanks for this info. I love how informative your theme is. I would have to say mudslides aren't common where I live, but they still scare me. #shivers

betty said...

I haven't tried the mudslider drink, but might this summer ;)

I haven't been in a mud slide but parts of California around the beach are notorious for slipping and sliding when there is a lot of rain and the houses are built on sides of hills. That would be too nerve wracking for me to live in those kind of conditions, always fearful when a big storm came through.

betty

Lidy said...

Never had a mudslide, at least I don't think so (college years are a little fuzzy). Nor would I want to be anywhere near one.

Cherdo said...

Mudslides are horrible!!! It's the stuff nightmares are made of.

Every time I see pictures of expansive neighborhoods clinging on the edge of hilly terrain, I think "those upper level homes could slide right into the lower level homes...all it would take is a mudslide..."

Lisa Thomson said...

I've tried a mudslide drink and love it. Haven't had one for a while. I remember the Mt. St. Helen's eruption as we lived not too far away. Today was kind of like a mudslide day. One thing goes wrong and then it's a 'landslide' of weird mishaps. SIGH. call it a day and try again tomorrow. I can't believe all the natural disasters that happen! We're only at 'M'!

Denise Covey said...

Mudslides have caused horrendous loss of life. I never knew the St Helen's one was the biggest. Mudslides, the drink, are much nicer!

Also, Chrys, am reading Witch of Death and it is AMAZING.

Denise :-)

Anonymous said...

How horrific. I live in Florida, where it's flat, so no mudslides.

Scribbles From Jenn said...

We didn't have real mudslides where I grew up, but we cleaned up a lot of mud when then house flooded from the rains.

Scribbles From Jenn - Visiting from the A to Z Challenge

Jeremy [Retro] said...

I have a fear of mud, it's dream I have all the time...

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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Chrys .. I'd hate to be in a mud-slide .. horrific thing to experience or to die in .. and so much destruction ... Hilary

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Liz! :D

Chrys Fey said...

I hope you stay put too. :)

Chrys Fey said...

That would have been something to see.

Chrys Fey said...

So have I.

Chrys Fey said...

Mud sliding sounds like fun.

Chrys Fey said...

That's terrible! I can only image the fear and anxiety of families wanting to know about their loved ones.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, SA. #shivers...I like that.

Chrys Fey said...

I could leave live on the side of a hill in California.

Chrys Fey said...

Haha...college years are a little fuzzy. ;P

Chrys Fey said...

They sure would. You';d have to be crazy to live in a neighborhood like that.

Chrys Fey said...

And there's still a lot more disasters to come.

Chrys Fey said...

The drink is a lot nicer and safer too.

THANK YOU!!!!! :D

Chrys Fey said...

I live in Florida too. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Cleaning up mud is not fun.

Chrys Fey said...

A fear of mud...that's interesting. But I guess there's a fear of everything, right? I hope I didn't cause any nightmares with this post.

Chrys Fey said...

I wouldn't want to be in one either.

Jane said...

The frozen mudslide drink is great because it combines two natural disasters: mudslides and ice/avalanches!

Not to mention chocolate. I remember the Smothers Brothers song, "I fell in a vat of chocolate.. Oh, I fell in a vat of chocolate..." So maybe chocolate is a natural disaster for C....

diedre Knight said...

Yep, I'd have to take a dust storm over a mudslide - any day. My heart goes out to those who lose homes and loved ones...
The drink is good, maybe too good! :-)

Chrys Fey said...

Oh yum. That sounds good. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I would too. A dust storm seems a lot more survivable than a mudslide.

Yanting Gueh said...

I used to fantasize living at the bottom of a mountain away from the crowd, with possibly a lake where I'd fetch water at dawn every morning. But yes, it would be scary to really live there. Chances of escaping a mudslide seem dim.

Jo said...

I remember many mudslides, in particular one in Devon, England where a lot of school kids were killed.

Chrys Fey said...

That does sound wonderful, though.

Chrys Fey said...

That's so sad!

Bevimus said...

I remember watching images of the California mudslides on tv- so scary! Between that, the wildfires and the earthquakes it's gotta be one of the most dangerous places on the continent.

Chrys Fey said...

I agree!