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Primed for Catastrophic Collapse

Primed for Catastrophic Collapse

May 6, 2006

Rising 1,000 meters (3,300 feet) above the Samoan island of Ta’u, Mount Lata is an active volcano. One of its sides collapsed in landslides that left a steep escarpment primed for further catastrophic landslides—and possibly tsunamis.(Photo by Jeff Standish, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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