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California Mudslides

Erik Rivas-Martinez, Staff Writer

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The most populated state of California has been going through deadly events lately, first the drought, then came the wildfires, and than the flood. Wildfires raged the area late last year and it made the mudslides more devastating. Vegetation that could’ve held the soil in place was burned away by flames.  Without hardly any roots, nothing could stop the amount of heavy rain from sweeping away stretches of land. Landslides usually lead to other natural disasters like volcano eruptions, earthquakes, wildfires, storms, and floods.  

In 2014, a deadly landslide killed forty-four people in the state of Washington and demolished a neighborhood that was on the riverside. Years of chopping down trees left the area without the substantial trees to hold the amount of destruction in its place. Researches said the excessive chopping down of trees made the landscape more open to floods and other natural disasters. If trees would’ve been there, then things would’ve been less disastrous. The destruction of landslides on average kills about eight-thousand or more people.

Northern California was hit with heavy rainfall on January 9, 2018 in the community of Montecito. Montecito is home to many celebrities such as Ellen Degeneres, Rob Lowe, and Oprah Winfrey. At least twenty-one people have died as a result of the mudslides and two people are still missing in Montecito, California. In addition to the death of people and missing persons, several homes were destroyed by the mudslides causing families to be misplaced.

California has been in a lot of tragic events lately, the amount of natural disasters that hit this state caused an outbreak on different types of social media such as Instagram, Twitter, and much more. With families being displaced because of these disasters, there will be no coming back from this. With the help of others, people are slowly starting to get back on their feet, but it won’t be enough for them to regain what they have lost.

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Erik Rivas-Martinez, Staff Writer

Freshman Erik Rivas is a staff writer on The A-Blast. This is his first year on staff and his first year as a staff writer. He likes to play soccer and...

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