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.
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.
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)