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5 February 2021
A Planet Labs high resolution satellite image of the Rat Creek Washout in the Big Sur, in California, showing the burnt areas in the catchment
1 February 2021
Rat Creek: a large post wildfire washout has been generated on State Highway 1 in the Big Sur in California
14 December 2020
The Eureka Valley Landslide in Death Valley National Park: a new paper (Shaller et al. 2020) on a beautifully-preserved, ancient, long runout failure.
11 August 2020
A new study (Rengers et al 2020) published open access in the journal Landslides examines failures in areas affected by recent wildfires in California.
16 June 2020
Two new landslide videos: a large landslide in a mine in Russia & dashcam footage of a small but high impact rockfall in California
5 December 2019
Regular correspondent funkenbeachin has used ESA Sentinel multispectral satellite data to facilitate analysis of the Blackhawk rock avalanche
15 November 2019
The fascinating 9 km long, 300 million cubic metre, highly complex, ancient Blackhawk landslide in the Lucerne valley of California.
20 September 2019
Recently, as chronicled in Scientific American, I was involved with amending the eruptive record at California’s Mount Shasta to remove an eruption that was supposedly seen by a French mapping expedition in 1786. USGS researchers had already been puzzling over it for years – evidence was slim, since the area was already prone to forest fires and there was nothing in the geologic record to suggest that it happened. William …
5 August 2019
On 2nd August 2019 a rock topple on Grandview Surf Beach near San Diego in California killed three women from a single family
24 June 2019
Most of the West Coast of the United States relies on a healthy winter snowpack to provide water through the dry summer months. But when precipitation falls as rain rather than snow, it can diminish summer water supplies, as well as trigger floods and landslides. A new study in AGU’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres finds atmospheric rivers –plumes of moisture that deliver much of the west’s precipitation—have gotten warmer over the past 36 years.
4 March 2019
One of the big projects I’ve been working on for the past couple of years has been assisting my SIC (Scientist-In-Charge) at the California Volcano Observatory in writing a report about California’s exposure to volcanic hazards. And (not) coincidentally, that’s the title of a new report that the USGS just released last week!
15 February 2019
Heavy rain in California, brought by an atmospheric river event, triggered a significant mudslide in Sausalito yesterday, causing damage to several houses
1 February 2019
Climate models predict a narrowing of the Santa Ana season in tandem with the wet season in Southern California over the next century, which could leave vegetation dry and fire-prone as winds peak in December and January, according to a new study.
28 December 2018
Chaos Jumbles: a fine example of a large volcanic landslide in California, caused by three successive dome collapse events
5 December 2018
Malibu – Planet Labs have captured remarkable before and after SkySat images of the first round of mudflows following the recent wildfires
19 November 2018
Six independent earthquakes and two aftershocks of magnitude 4.4 to 5.1 shook LA between 1935 and 1944, a rate of about one every two years. A new study re-examined historical information about the earthquakes from archived damage reports to refine the earthquake locations identified by early earth-motion sensors, placing them closer to many active oil fields.
10 October 2018
Smoke generated by wildfires can cool river and stream water temperatures by reducing solar radiation and cooling air temperatures, according to a new study in California’s Klamath River Basin. A new study published in Water Resources Research, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, suggests smoke-induced cooling has the potential to benefit aquatic species that require cool water to survive because high summer water temperatures are a major factor contributing to population declines, and wildfires are more likely to occur during the warmest and driest time of year.
12 June 2018
A summertime expansion in the Earth’s crust caused by changes in groundwater may have triggered the magnitude-6.0 earthquake in California’s wine country in 2014, according to a new study.
30 May 2018
Increasing summer temperatures brought on by a combination of intensifying urbanization and warming climate are driving off once common low-lying morning clouds that shade many southern coastal areas of California, leading to increased risk of wildfires.
9 April 2018
Photographs taken from boats showed coastal cliff rockfalls on Santa Cruz island in California during the M=5.4 earthquake on Thursday 5th April