Geology.com has put together an excellent overview of some of these issues related to home owners insurance and geologic hazards. It is a great resource for friends, relatives and associates looking to buy homes. Hopefully they will be able to recognize if there might be a potential risk, and seek out the services of a geologist or engineer before they put their investment at risk.
This is not the first time I’ve posted links to blog posts from the Ontario-geofish blog by Harold A. Some times I blatantly rip him off, but hopefully he doesn’t mind since I try to credit him whenever I post about an article he found. I guess he has more time for surfing since he’s retired! 🙂 Here are a couple of his recent posts that I found interesting. (Image by NASA)
Is it possible to safely rehabilitate dams in earth fissure risk zones to continue to provide economical flood protection to the public, or does the risk of dam failure due to an undetected fissure present too great a threat to the public? Read the article to find out the view of the Arizona Department of Water Resources.