Study, maps, show more slides in Astoria

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by Associated Press

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Posted on October 21, 2013 at 2:09 PM

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon state scientists have released new maps and a study that shows about half the damage to the city of Astoria in a major earthquake would be from landslides.

What was surprising in the hilly city known for landslides was how many slides that laser technology mapping uncovered -- 120 of them, 83 of which have moved in the last 150 years.

City Manager Paul Benoit told the Daily Astorian it's important that the city not "freak out," as he put it. He says the new data helps people in Astoria better understand their home.

Officials say the maps and study will be useful in planning as well as emergency operations and making evacuation maps.

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