Fears of another landslide and possible tsunami are mounting for the Anak Krakatoa volcano in the Sunda Strait, Indonesia. Scientists with Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) have discovered new cracks that could be an early indication of another landslide. These cracks are deep and wide enough to emit steam and ash. A violent explosion of the Krakatoa volcano triggered a deadly tsunami that struck Indonesia on December 22 that struck Java and Sumatra. A landslide formed by these cracks is estimated to be 67 million cubic meters compared to the estimated 90 million cubic meters from the December 22 event.
The Mt. Soledad Landslide in a La Jolla California neighborhood destroyed 3 houses and damaged others and it also shut down Mt. Soledad Road for an entire year after it occurred in October of 2007. Residents blamed the city of San Diego, and 65 homeowners filed suit, claiming that leaking pipes caused the landslide and the City should cover damages.
Last week, a superior court judge ruled in favor of the City of San Diego. So far I have not seen anything indicating if the residents plan to appeal the ruling.
One interesting note regarding the trial, the City released an 8-minute cell phone video taken by a geotechnical engineer or drilling contractor employed by the City that showed the road cracking and buckling just prior to failure. The homeowners used the video to try to make their own case. Click through for a portion of the video and a link to the full one.