subsidence News

Sinking of California Canal, Land Costing State Billions

A canal that delivers vital water supplies from Northern California to Southern California is sinking in places. So are stretches of a riverbed undergoing historic restoration. On farms, well casings pop up like mushrooms as the ground around them drops. …

Study Reveals That Sand Piles Used to Restore Coast Also Contributed to Subsidence

A new study underscores the unique difficulties Louisiana faces in maintaining its fragile delta and keeping the sea at bay: Researchers found work to replenish an eroding shoreline by pumping onto it massive amounts of sand itself caused the land …

Colorado Judge to Decide on $14M Case of Homes Located on Sinking Soils

Homeowners at a golf course subdivision near Glenwood Springs, Colo., are waiting to see if a judge will uphold $14 million in awards related to defects in the construction of homes on sinking soils. A jury recently awarded nearly $7 …

Into the Void: Mapping Abandoned Mines in 3D

Robert Hughes stopped his maroon SUV in the middle of Espy Street, turning on his flashers to let drivers know he might be there for a while. He knelt by an uncovered hole in the street, about the diameter of …

Homes in California Subdivision Sinking

Scott and Robin Spivey had a sinking feeling that something was wrong with their home when cracks began snaking across their walls in March. The cracks soon turned into gaping fractures, and within two weeks their 600-square-foot garage broke from …

Drought’s Effect Felt Beyond Crops

This season’s abnormally hot weather has caused dry conditions in nearly every state, from Alaska to extreme drought in Hawaii. According to the USDA, more than half of all counties in the U.S. have been designated disaster areas in 2012, …

Florida’s Sinkhole Statute Continues to Evolve

“The head has been cut off the sinkhole monster,” said Curtis Hutchens, an in-house attorney for Florida’s Citizen’s Property Insurance Corp. According to Hutchens, the new sinkhole statute (627.706) that went into effect on May 17, 2011 continues to evolve. …

Swiss Re Warns Europe of Increasing ‘Soil Subsidence’ from Climate Change

According to a new study from Swiss Re, “Europe is witnessing a dramatic increase in property damage as a result of soil subsidence.” A new loss model developed by Swiss Re and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), …