Titanic movie star Leonardo DiCaprio has been sued by his neighbors for allegedly activating a landslide on the neighbor’s property through negligently excavating for a basketball court at his home in the hills above Sunset Boulevard. So far some plants and hedges have been damaged and their deck and pool is "in danger of collapse". The neighbor is seeking $250,000 in compensation. A DiCaprio spokesman, Ken Sunshine, said the lawsuit "is totally without merit." Source: AP by way of LA Daily News.
The Utah Geologic Survey has released a "Landslide Susceptibility Map of Utah". They apparently relied quite heavily on GIS based thresholding of existing slope angles but only after they had statistically analyzed failure angles for particular geologic units. So it sounds like they throw the known landslides, the geologic map of Utah and a DEM into the GIS a blend it all up. Perhaps a slight oversimplification!
The new route for Washington State Route 410 will go around the toe of the Nile Valley landslide. The 2009 Nile Valley landslide blocked the highway and diverted the Naches River. The DOT selected the […]
A dramatic retaining wall failure and subsequent landslide last week damaged several cars and shut down a rail line in Baltimore, Maryland. The final failure was caught on video by a bystander. The landslide forced […]