Geologic Hazards

Drones and Natural Disasters

This is my colleague Dimitrios Zekkos, Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, and the founder of Geoengineer.org. He’s talking about his group’s research involving utilizing drones after natural disasters. Cool stuff! [Source: University of […]


2005 La Conchita Landslide
Geologic Hazards

Landslide Insurance Very Rare

There were just a few sentences in this article/blog post about landslide insurance. Most geoprofessionals realize that home-owners insurance does not cover landslides, floods or most other geologic hazards. But what I found interesting in […]

The OctoKopter hovering on a previous project in Antartica
Geologic Hazards

Micro-copter UAVs mapping landslide

A professor from the University of Tasmania and as many as 20 of his students are using two ‘OctoKopters’ UAVs or unmanned aerial vehicles to create a detailed 3D map of a landslide in Ranelagh, […]


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Geologic Hazards

Landslides in China – Sichuan and Guangxi

In Sichuan Province, China, they were still in the recovery process from the devastating 2008 earthquake when a series of landslides, rockfall, mudslides and flooding has hit the region. Dave’s Landslide Blog has excellent coverage as usual on the slide pictured here, which blocked a major road, hindering rescue efforts. (Photo Xinhua/Jiang Hongjing)

A remarkable video of the aftermath of a bridge destroyed by one of these rockfall / landslide events is shown below. The destruction is pretty profound. (Via Geology.com)

Also on Dave’s blog, a landslide in Guangxi caused a train to derail, killing 4 people and injuring 50. My heart truly goes out to the people of those portions of China, particularly in Sichuan as they have been through so much.

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NASA JPL Gulf Stream III research test bed with Synthetic Aperture Radar pod underneath.
Miscellaneous

Good Stuff From Ontario-geofish

NASA JPL Gulf Stream III research test bed with Synthetic Aperture Radar pod underneath. 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)

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Geologic Hazards

Utah Poised to Adopt Geologic Hazard Ordinances

As I’ve reported previously, the State of Utah is in the process of adopting ordinances regulating the development of land that is susceptible to landslides and other geologic hazards. A new bill has been introduced in the Utah House that would give developers a recourse for appeal if they don’t like the decision of a local jurisdiction. More at the Salt Lake Tribune.

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