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Mudslides: Could it happen here

heraldextra.com

A week after a hillside collapse swept away homes in the small town of Oso, Washington, it now appears the death toll could rise into the dozens.

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And another article that further explains the landslide risk in Utah—

Experts discuss landslide danger in Utah

fox13now.com

With the recent deadly landslide in Washington, and the recent wet weather in Utah, FOX 13 News asked local geology experts about a similar landslide risk in northern Utah, a region prone to landslides in the past.

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How Common Are Landslides? As Washington Mudslide Death Toll Rises, 3 Things You Should Know

Good information to know, as Utah is also prone to landslides.

bustle.com

The death toll from last weekend’s mudslide in Washington state rose to 16 Wednesday, with at least 176 others still unaccounted for. The rescue operation is ongoing, but prospects appear grim: No survivors have been found since Saturday, when the landslide occurred, and rain is expected to further inhibit the search. But how common are landslides like this one? Where and when do they occur? And how can you possibly avoid them?

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Can mudslides be predicted? Washington site’s history highlights challenge. (+video)

csmonitor.com

The mile-long mudslide that buried homes along a bend in the Stillaguamish River near Oso, Wash., some 55 miles north of Seattle, leaving at least 14 dead and more than 100 missing, occurred at a site that was known to be landslide-prone.

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Which States Are Prone to Landslides — and How Can You Prepare?

nbcnews.com 

While a landslide can theoretically occur anywhere there is elevated terrain, some areas of the nation are more prone to the phenomenon than others — like Washington state, where a mudslide destroyed a community and claimed at least 14 lives on Saturday.

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Read further about landslides and Kennecott Copper Mine’s slide last year—likely the largest landslide in modern U.S. history.

wunderground.com

Weather Extremes: Worst Landslides in U.S. History

As Jeff Masters recently blogged the Oso, Washington landslide has taken the lives of at least 14 people and perhaps many more. How does this slide compare to other such events in U.S. history?

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New maps point out geological hazards near Zion National Park

Tyler Knudsen, one of our geologists here at Utah Geological Survey, talks about our new publication discussing the geologic hazards of the State Route 9 Corridor.

ksl.com

The state has released a new set of maps designed to tip off developers and homeowners to potential geological hazards in communities near Zion National Park.

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LISTEN TO INTERVIEW with Tyler Knudsen

"Significant Geologic Hazards" In Washington County

Some of our geologists are studying the hazards in this area. Take a look at this article at what they have to say about the rock-fall hazards and other geologic hazards present in Washington County.

kutv.com

Communities from La Verkin to Springdale have “significant geologic hazards” along State Route 9, according to a report released on Thursday by the Utah Geological Survey (UGS).

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Landslides and flooding as Utah's 'monsoon season' arrives early

deseretnews.com

Residents and agencies are racing to fight debris and water flow caused by an unusually wet “monsoon season” in Utah that has caused slides and the threat of slides from Huntington to Alpine and across the Wasatch Front.

Salt Lake City averages 0.61 inches of rain in July, according to National Weather Service readings taken at Salt Lake airport. As of July 17, readings there totaled 1.15 inches and the month has weeks to go.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION SERIES 94

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ROCK-FALL HAZARDS IN UTAH
Jessica Castleton

Rock falls pose a hazard in Utah because we live, work, and recreate in close proximity to mountains and mesas. Large rock fragments and boulders accelerate rapidly when dislodged from cliffs and hillsides and can cause significant damage to homes, property, roadways, and vehicles, as well as loss of life. Recent damaging rock falls in Utah highlight the importance of recognizing this hazard. This 4-page, full color brochure provides more information on the rock fall hazard in Utah, including causes of rock falls, how to recognize the hazard, and what you can do to reduce potential rock fall damage.

4 p. (2 sided) brochure

PI-94……….free

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SURVEY NOTES volume 41, number 2

survey-notes-cover-41_2UTAH’S NATURAL ROCK ARCHES

This issue contains:

*   What is the Biggest Natural Arch in the World?
*   Ancient Landslides of the Beaver Dam Mountains
*   Virtual Geologic Map Overlays
*   Energy News: Utah’s Renewable Energy Zone Assessment
*   GeoSights: Wall Arch—A Fallen Giant
*   Survey News
*   Teacher’s Corner
*   New Publications

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