Jessica Castleton, a Utah Geological Survey Geologist, talks in further detail on geologic hazard resources for homeowners and developers.

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Concerns are mounting throughout the Wasatch Front following a landslide in North Salt Lake that destroyed one house and put others at risk.


With wells at Quichapa Lake having dropped approximately 75 feet since 1990, officials in Cedar City and Central Iron County Water Conservancy District are planning for additional water resources they can develop in the near future with the hopes of taking stress off the aquifer that geologists insist is being over-mined.


One of our geologists, Jessica Castleton, talks about the North Salt Lake landslide in this KSL 6:30 PM interview segment. The Utah Geological Survey publication, A Plan to Reduce Losses from Geologic Hazards in Utah, mentioned in the interview can be found HERE.

Familes in homes along a hillside here remained displaced following a massive landslide that crushed one house, damaged a tennis and swim club, and placed other homes directly in harm’s way Tuesday morning.


One of our geologists here at the UGS, Jessica Castleton, explains the factors that contributed to Tuesday’s early morning North Salt Lake landslide.

The Utah Geological Survey said it has reports dating back as far as the 1980s, identifying the potential for landslides in the same area where a catastrophic slide destroyed one home and forced the evacuation of 27 others.


Utah—putting the “Awe” in geology since the Precambrian.

High Uintas Wilderness, Summit County, Utah
Photographer: Chris DuRoss; © 2013

Ostler Peak (12,718 feet) is reflected in a meander bend of the Stillwater Fork of the Bear River in the Uinta Mountains. Thousands of years ago glaciers inundated much of the Uinta Mountains, leaving behind long glacier-carved valleys, steep-sided cirques, and jagged peaks.

Here’s a fast-moving video to start your Wednesday morning with! Watch flash-flood chaser David Rankin captures the drama of a flash flood in this short clip. Remember that what he does is very dangerous, and that serious caution must be taken near flash floods.

Flash-flood season is in full swing in southern Utah, and most people consider it wise to stay out of the way. Not so for flash-flood chaser David Rankin.


Tune in at 12:15 PM today to hear several geologists talk about landslides and development. Jessica Castleton, one of our geologists here at the Utah Geological Survey, will be joining the discussion. Watch this online video chat at You can also join the discussion by sending questions and comments to the hashtag #TribTalk on Twitter and Google+ or texting 801-609-8059.

When is it safe to build on a hillside?


UPDATE: State Route has been reopened as of 4:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.


Q&A — What you need to know about landslides. A great and informative article from The Salt Lake Tribune. Check it out!


Climbers are mourning the loss of an iconic rock formation in the Fisher Towers area outside of Moab after the sandstone column toppled over on Thursday.