Geological hazards in Arizona that can threaten homes, property owners and developments are being exposed in an online guide.
The "Homeowner's Online Guide to Geologic Hazards in Arizona" is a new reference tool for homeowners, buyers, real estate agents and developers throughout the state in an effort Arizona Geological Survey officials hope will leave people more educated about potential hazards.
The Arizona Geological Survey is offering the guide free on its Web site, www.azgs.az.gov.
"The reason behind this is to provide people with information so they're not sandbagged after they buy a home or, if they own a home, they can mitigate hazards as soon as possible so they don't have bigger issues," said Michael Conway, section chief for the Arizona Geological Survey.
The guide, a series of downloadable documents, provides information on a broad spectrum of naturally occurring hazards - floods, earth fissures, earthquakes, swelling or collapsing soils, landslides and even volcanic eruptions - that could be dangerous or costly to homeowners. Conway said people can just download information on the specific hazards they are interested in.
Included is an Arizona earthquake hazard map, information on regional and flash floods, and a Arizona subsidence map. Also included is information about how to mitigate expanding soils and Arizona's radon hot spots and how to reduce radon levels in homes.
The Arizona Geological Survey is charged with raising public awareness of the geologic hazards in Arizona, Conway said.
The organization is also interested in hearing from Arizonans if they spot a geologic hazard that hasn't been addressed.
"They can contact the Arizona Geological Survey and we will respond," Conway said.
The number for the Geological Survey is (520) 770-3500.