Utah Geological Society releases report on southern Utah hazards

Posted at 7:36 AM, Mar 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-14 09:38:10-04

The Utah Geological Society has released a detailed report about hazards in southern Utah.

The society reported that geological hazards, such as flooding and rock slides, are becoming a threat to the growing communities of La Verkin, Virgin, Rockville and Springdale.

This report comes after a rock slide in Rockville that killed a couple in December. 

The report includes nine geologic-hazard maps that cover flooding and debris flows, rock fall, landslides, surface faulting, liquefaction, collapsible soil, expansive soil and rock, gypsiferous soil and rock, and soil piping, erosion, and wind-blown sand. Each map includes information on the nature and distribution of the hazard, how the maps were generated, and methods that may reduce the hazard.