Homeowners in a mountainside community north of Salt Lake City feared a cracked ridgeline above their property would send a landslide crashing below. They alerted city officials, who hired crews that began to raze the slope but couldn’t prevent a rock and debris from breaking away and smashing into a home.
“The final failure is unpredictable,” he said of Tuesday’s slide. But, he added, a large crack in the ground opened at the crown of the slide a week before it let loose.
While many people may very much remember the 1983 Thistle Landslide, perhaps some of our newer geo friends to Utah are not familiar with the history surrounding it. Our Deputy Director Kimm Harty helps revisit the events of the slide in this KSL interview—check it out.
There are still a handful of houses stuck in water and time in Thistle, though they stopped being homes 31 years ago.
One of our geologists here at the Utah Geological Survey, Adam McKean, talks about the geological makeup of the hill in North Salt Lake that makes it prone to sliding.
Years before one home crumbled in North Salt Lake, the developer behind the project was given the approval by the city to build it.
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.
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.
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 sltrib.com. You can also join the discussion by sending questions and comments to the hashtag #TribTalk on Twitter and Google+ or texting 801-609-8059.
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