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New state map shows potential hot spots for landslides in Oregon

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SALEM, OR (AP) -

The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries released a new map Wednesday that identifies different parts of the state where landslides may be more likely to happen.

According to the map and an accompanying report, more than a third of the state is considered to be in areas with a high or very high likelihood of landslides.

Researchers noted that the western part of the state was especially susceptible to be considered in high to very high landslide risk areas.

"Oregon is prone to landslides," Bill Burns, engineering geologist for Oregon DOGAMI, said. "This map points us toward priority areas for future in-depth mapping and study of our landslide hazards, and helps Oregonians better understand the potential hazard in their own communities."

This was the first mapping of its kind done for the state since a federal effort in 1982.

State officials hope that the information can help Oregon residents protect themselves and their property by identifying potentially dangerous areas and making preparations to address potential incidents.

The full map can be found at OregonGeology.org.

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