An Alaskan guide was filming a survival video in Juneau, Alaska, for her 170,000 TikTok followers when she suddenly heard a landslide heading toward her.
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The woman, who goes by the Dirty Explorer (@thedirtyexplorer) on TikTok, stopped filming her video and looked up, terrified, when she heard a landslide approaching. She quickly picked up her phone and kept recording as she ran as fast as she could away from her filming spot.
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At one point, according to the text overlay, she thinks the landslide is either stopping or slowing down, but viewers can hear the sudden increase in sound that indicates the main slide is just beginning.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, sounds like a faint rumbling or trees cracking indicate an approaching landslide. It’s advised that if you think a landslide is coming, you should leave your location — even without your belongings — and run out of its path. If that’s not possible, try to protect your head.
Halfway through the TikTok, @thedirtyexplorer waved her arms and yelled “Stop!” to a nearby truck on the road.
“Stop!” she screamed. “Stop your car!”
She explained in the text overlay that the truck was about to encounter a blind turn while traveling at 50 miles per hour that would’ve put it right in the landslide danger zone.
“Literally, 30 seconds and [I would] get f***ing killed,” the truck driver told @thedirtyexplorer. “Can we think about that?”
“I ran screaming down the road, just so you know, on the beach flailing my arms,” she responded.
Commenters were amazed by @thedirtyexplorer’s quick thinking and reaction.
“Impeccable decision making,” one said.
“This is what survival instinct looks like,” another agreed. “Great job.”
“The adrenaline must have been REAL,” someone wrote. “So glad you quickly recognized what was going on and acted.”
In a follow-up video, @thedirtyexplorer showed the aftermath of the landslide and wrote, “If you think you ran far enough, no you didn’t.”
She also took the opportunity to make a point about man-made climate change continuing to impact people every day.
A study analyzing the High Mountain Asia region of China, Tibet and Nepal found a link between more frequent and intense rainfalls — a result of climate change — could cause more landslides in the area. In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed in 2021 that climate change can affect the intensity and frequency of precipitation. There has also been a significant increase in “heavy precipitation” — instances where rainfall or snowfall exceeds what is normal for the area — since the 1980s.