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A 100ft deep, slow moving landslide in Wyoming is gradually tearing apart a house on a hilltop, as authorities are issuing evacuation orders for 46 residencies located in the sliding zone. The slow moving landslide starting on March 4th, has 5% chance of becoming as violent as the Oso landslide that hit Washington state.

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Built in 1913 to provide the earthquake-devastated San Francisco with fresh water, the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir has given rise to significant political dispute over decades, with environmentalists and nature lovers opposing its construction. And while San Francisco's citizens are nowadays discussing the possibility of its removal, other areas across the U.S. are taking action with very interesting feedback. 

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A mudslide hit the area of Shuroabad, 150 miles south of the Tajik capital of Dushanbe, near the Afghan borders on April 12. The landslide occurred in the middle of the night, which explains the number of victims. So far, six children have been recovered dead and seven people are missing and assumed dead. Landslides and floods are very common in the poorest country in central Asia, with 90% of its territory being mountainous. Locals are cooperating with emergency services to dig out houses covered in mud and the death toll is expected to rise.

Sources: centralasiaonline.com, Reuters

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The underground sewage network spreading under Calcutta, built back in 1875 by the British settlers, was equivalent to the systems of European cities like London and Hamburg, Germany. Being in operation for over than 130 years, but with no significant maintenance work performed, the 2006 cave-ins urged for de-silting operations and structural rehabilitation. The maintenance works were undertaken in 2007 by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, which today are almost complete. Upon completion, it is estimated that the flooding affecting the city every monsoon will be largely controlled. 

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Earthquake prediction has been a challenge for scientists for decades until the development of early warning systems, already up and running in countries like Japan and Mexico. China is in the process of developing a similar system, while in the U.S. the system in still on a pilot-mode due to lack of funding. The specific warnings can only notify people seconds before a temblor occurrence, which may look a negligible amount of time as opposed to hurricane and flooding warnings, predicted hours or even days before hitting inhabited areas. But even that, is missed by Californians due to lack of funding. 

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Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:45

Keynetix's Geotechnical Data Hub is 4 Years Old! Featured

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Four years ago, Keynetix set up the Geotechnical Data Hub with the hope of getting like minded individuals to comment and contribute to articles which were relevant to their joint interests and goals.

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Keynetix are pleased to announce the release of the Data Entry Tool and standalone Data Entry Module along with other major enhancements in the latest release of their popular geotechnical data management application HoleBASE SI.

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Hayward Baker Inc. (HB) is pleased to announce that retired vice president Joseph Welsh is a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Award. The OPAL Award, established in 1999 by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), recognizes Welsh’s lifetime accomplishments of noteworthy advancements in construction, and the many contributions he provided the civil engineering industry over the past 50 years. He received the award on March 20, 2014 at the OPAL Gala, a black-tie event held annually in the Washington, D.C. area.

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On the occasion of the Oso landslide, LiDAR technology comes forward, as an efficient means of revealing landslide risk. Signs of past landslides were obvious with bare eyes in the Snohomish County, however, a high-end technology would be necessary to evaluate the true magnitude of the slide danger. LiDAR maps generated after the landslide reveal a series of scars and debris deposited along the valley as a result of even larger events occurring in the past. LiDAR technology has been used by USGS for about a decade in the Northwest of the U.S., having mapped about a quarter of the state of Seattle, according to Craig Weaver, chief of the Seattle branch of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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