Trib Talk: Landslides and development

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?


Q&A — What you need to know about landslides

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


3 homes still at risk from landslide that crushed home

Listen to our Deputy Director, Kimm Harty, talk to KSL about the North Salt Lake landslide.

Three homes remain at risk from a landslide that pushed one home off its foundation and damaged a sports facility shortly before 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.


Time lapse video of land slide in North Salt Lake neighborhood

Holly Menino and 2News photographer Mike Stephen were the first on the scene and captured this amazing time lapse video of a land slide in a North Salt Lake neighborhood.


Landslide in North Salt Lake August 5, 2014

Read more about the landslide that destroyed a home early this morning in North Salt Lake, and other homes that are in the process of evacuation. Two of our geologists from the Utah Geological Survey are en route. We’ll keep you updated as information becomes available.

A home was destroyed Tuesday morning by a mudslide in North Salt Lake and the area has been evacuated as a precaution, officials said.


Landslide hits N. Salt Lake, more than 20 homes evacuated
Residents of more than 20 hillside homes in North Salt Lake fled their houses Tuesday morning when unstable, rain-saturated soil above them began to move.

View photo gallery of landslide images HERE

National Weather Service Stresses Importance of Maintaining Weather Stations

High in the hills above the city of Alpine in Utah County is a critical piece of equipment that could save lives should a sudden flood occur.


A look back on the Bingham Canyon Mine Landslide

This date in science: Landslide at Bingham Canyon Mine

April 10, 2013. On this date – a year ago today – a towering wall of dirt and rocks gave way and crashed down the side of Bingham Canyon Mine in Utah. The landslide was to be one of the largest non-volcanic landslides in the history of North America. University of Utah researchers later reported that the landslide – which moved at an average of almost 70 mph and reached estimated speeds of at least 100 mph – left a deposit so large it would cover New York’s Central Park with about 20 meters (66 feet) of debris.


POTD February 12, 2014: Wasatch Plateau, eastern Sanpete County, Utah

Wasatch Plateau, eastern Sanpete County, Utah
Photographer: Rich Giraud; © 2011

The lower part of the Slide Lake landslide has averaged 14 feet of movement per year between 2004 and 2009. The landslide occurred in the Tertiary-Cretaceous-age North Horn Formation, which is known for producing many large landslides. Near Joes Valley Reservoir, the 1.2 miles long landslide deflects Seely Creek.

Kennecott slide triggered 16 earthquakes, study shows

The gargantuan awe-inspiring landslide at Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon mine last April was so stunning, the “firsts” and “mosts” it accomplished are something wild to ponder.



Read further at The Salt Lake Tribune with this article—
“Kennecott landslide so big it triggered earthquakes

Accelerating to speeds of up to 100 miles per hour, April’s massive landslide in Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon mine actually triggered earthquakes, the first time that is known to have occurred.


Survey Notes volume 45 number 3

Current Issue Contents:

  • Damaging Debris Flows Prompt Landslide Inventory Mapping for the 2012 Seely Fire, Carbon and Emery Counties, Utah
  • Rock Fall: An Increasing Hazard in Urbanizing Southwestern Utah
  • New Geologic Data Resources for Utah
  • Energy News
  • Teacher’s Corner
  • Glad You Asked: Where is the Coolest Spot in Utah?
  • GeoSights: The Goosenecks of the San Juan River, San Juan County, Utah
  • Survey News
  • New Publications