Some new research on the Newmark Displacement Method for earthquake-induced landslides indicates that the method may be on the unconservative side. The Landslide Blog provides a short summary of the paper by Li et al. (2018) that was recently published in the journal Landslides. Their research was based on physical models on a shake table, comparing the results of the model experiments with a Newmark analysis. The paper should be worth a read for geotechnical engineers practicing in seismically active areas. It sounds like some additional study is needed to confirm these results and if they are true, propose different ways of analyzing earthquake-induced landslides.
Residents of a neighborhood on the north side of Salt Lake City, Utah received some bad news recently from a state geologist. The slow moving landslide that has been moving on the order of several inches per year has begun moving at a faster rate. They predict movement on the order of feet per year. Several houses have already been condemned and torn down with more likely. Click through for some news footage showing the problem area and some of the damage to house foundations, sidewalks, pipes and other reactions from unfortunate residents. (Photo by KSL, NBC Salt Lake City affiliate)