This is kind of interesting. The equivalent of the Oregon Geologic Survey, DOGAMI, has a geologic hazard map of the state that the City of Newport has used as the basis for a geologic hazard building code. This article describes some Recent and proposed changes to that code. Mainly the changes deal with the clarifications to the requirement for a geologic report, not requiring them on properties classified as moderate risk. But I found it interesting that the City Council approved a motion to only display the hazard maps in grayscale at City Meetings because the red color used on the DOGAMI map for high risk areas might scare people off from buying a property. [Source: oregoncoastdailynews]
Springer, publisher of a number of geo-related journals and books is having a promotion offering free online access to their Natural Hazards journal. The access is good for 30 days from October 22 so go check it out now. (Image copyright Springer).
The Utah Governer’s Geologic Hazards Working Group, which includes no one from the private sector, is considering some model legislation that can be adopted by cities and counties to make it more difficult for developers to build in landslide prone areas. Also, among other things, the group may recommend that Utah adopt stricter grading requirements based on the experiences of California. Read on for more info.