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April 24, 2005 | From Times wire services
The owners of a hilltop Mission Viejo home sued the owners of three houses below, claiming lack of proper slope maintenance caused a January landslide that significantly damaged all four properties. Stephen and Suzanne Schade claimed in the Orange County Superior Court lawsuit that the defendants "failed to properly maintain the slope providing lateral support to the Schade property" on Encorvado Lane. The suit doesn't specify what the defendants failed to do. On Jan.
March 4, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A demolition crew today is scheduled to knock down the remains of an Anaheim Hills home that was severely damaged last month by a slow-moving landslide, which also threatened two other hillside homes. Anaheim officials made the decision Thursday after city-hired geologists warned them that the unfinished structure's northernmost wall could collapse onto a neighboring home. The property in danger is at 349 Ramsgate Drive.
November 30, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A sliding hillside slammed into a Hollywood Hills home Saturday, forcing the house from its foundation and prompting the evacuation of four homes, authorities said. Fire officials received a call at 1:04 p.m. from a man in the 1500 block of Marlay Drive, reporting a loud sound. "Suddenly, his home was thrown three to 12 inches off its footing," Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. The man escaped injury.
July 4, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
MICRONESIA * At least 39 people were killed when landslides caused by powerful Typhoon Chataan destroyed houses on the island of Chuuk in Micronesia, an official said. Ten people were missing and about 100 injured in landslides Monday and Tuesday, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency, Chuuk public affairs director Gideon Kikku said from the island's capital, Weno. About 1,500 houses were damaged in the landslides and 5-foot-deep floods unleashed by the typhoon.
May 19, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Flash floods and landslides killed 141 people in Sri Lanka, and forecasters warned more rain was on the way, state media reported. About 150,000 people who fled their homes are being housed in temples, schools and public buildings, officials said. The area worst affected was the Ratnapura district, southeast of the capital. Officials said among the dead were 47 people buried when a landslide wiped out a village.
March 18, 1995 | LESLIE EARNEST
Recent rains have prompted a rash of landslides throughout the city, most of them on private property, officials said. "I've been here five or six years and I don't recall seeing quite so many of them at one time," building official John Gustafson said. "Every time it rains, we get a few more." As a result of storms since January, more than a dozen hillsides need to be repaired, Gustafson said, and individual property owners must pay for the work.
March 12, 1996 | LESLIE EARNEST
A small landslide sent dirt and rocks cascading onto Coast Highway just north of Laguna Beach early Monday, backing up traffic for 1 1/2 miles and causing the California Highway Patrol to issue a SigAlert. California Department of Transportation spokeswoman Pam Gorniak said the slippage was caused by a landslide that pushed about 100 cubic yards of dirt, rocks and a concrete barrier down the hillside near Crystal Cove State Park.
July 20, 1987 | Associated Press
Landslides and floods in northern Italy killed at least 14 people over the weekend and swept away or blocked hundreds of roads, bridges and railroad tracks, officials said Sunday. Severe flooding that resulted in other deaths also hit Austria and Switzerland, breaking dams and bridges and forcing evacuations. The Italian state-run RAI broadcast network said dozens of villages and towns were isolated, reachable only by helicopters or on foot.
April 21, 1989 | From Reuters
Landslides and flooding in a mountainous region of Soviet Georgia killed more than 50 people and destroyed hundreds of houses Wednesday night, Soviet television reported Thursday. The television showed wrecked buildings in a sea of mud, rocks and melting snow, with rescue teams picking through the shattered remains for survivors in the Adzharia region, close to the Soviet border with Turkey. It said 52 people had been caught in the deluge which had hit the village of Tsablana.
August 21, 1986
A $169,413 contract has been awarded to a Los Angeles firm for preparation of a geotechnical engineering study on landslide problems in the Las Flores Canyon area of Malibu, according to Supervisor Deane Dana. The firm of Dames and Moore will conduct the study for the three active landslides in the canyon: Rambla Pacifica, Calle del Barco and Las Flores Mesa. Rambla Pacific Road has been closed to through traffic since the summer of 1984.
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