Geologic Hazards in Newport, Oregon will need to be disclosed to prospective property buyers, and the necessary geologic reports will need to be filed if a proposed City ordinance is adopted. But this will also require the property owner to sign a “Geologic Hazard Disclosure and Liability Waiver” form that would release the City from liability associated with the geologic hazards. The zones where this would be required are based on Oregon Department of Geology and Mines (DOGAMI) geologic hazard maps which have so called “red zones” which denote “active” and “high” hazard zones. These are primarily areas on the coast and the red zones are eroding as a rate of up to 1/3-ft per year. (Source: Newport News Times, Photo: Yaquina Bay Bridge, Newport, Oregon by kightp on Flickr.
The rock at left travelled nearly a mile down the slope and picked up some significant velocity before impacting a house, hitting the back wall and damaging the ceiling before dropping through the floor into the garage and damaging the garage door. In an often-overlook advantage of the current financial crisis, the house was currently in foreclosure and therefore not occupied at the time of the damage. Read on for links, more info and a map of the location so you can view the terrain. (Photo by Provo Fire Department by way of Utah Geologic Survey)
Geology.com pointed out a very nice PDF version of a Power Point presentation by the North Carolina Geologic Survey on their landslide hazard mapping efforts in western North Carolina. The presentation was dated August 1 of last year. The NCGS also has their landslide mapping products available for download, and those so inclined can download the GIS data sets as well. (Photo by NCGS)