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Posted: 12/13/2013 7:14:28 PM EDT
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2523559/Pictured-The-couple-crushed-inside-home-Utah-rock-slide.html

Pictured: The couple crushed inside their home in Utah rock-slide







  • The bodies of Jeff Elsey, 58, and Maureen Morris, 65, were recovered from the wreckage of their home today






  • Two storey wooden building was reduced to pile of splinters by huge rock Thursday






  • It came rolling down a nearby valley after a landslide near Rockville, Utah






  • The unsuspecting victims were inside the property when it was flattened























 
 
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:16:33 PM EDT
That sucks...really nice looking home too.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:17:07 PM EDT
Damn, nice looking couple in what was probably (or what should have been) the happiest years of their lives.  Beautiful home, too.

Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:18:21 PM EDT

Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:18:42 PM EDT
Unfortunately, that type rock system sheds material.  Building a house within the fall zone was not wise.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:19:24 PM EDT
Damn, that's just sad.  Looked like a nice home in a nice place.  There are no guarantees in life.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:21:06 PM EDT
Someone played Rock, Paper, Structure and lost.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:23:42 PM EDT

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Originally Posted By AmericanPeople:


Unfortunately, that type rock system sheds material.  Building a house within the fall zone was not wise.
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Yep.  The cliffs of southern Utah exist because hard rock overlays soft rock.  When you get wet, cold weather with a lot of freeze/thaw the layer underneath goes out.



Then again, if you build too close to the river bottoms you get flooded out in the summer....



 
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:24:57 PM EDT
Holy crap that rock was big!
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:25:52 PM EDT

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Unfortunately, that type rock system sheds material.  Building a house within the fall zone was not wise.
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Yeah, even as a dumb ass flat-lander I could see building among the rock pile at the bottom of a slope like that was a bad idea.  Too bad no one wised up.





 
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:25:53 PM EDT

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Originally Posted By JellyBelly:


Someone played Rock, Paper, Structure and lost.
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wow, can I chip some ice off your heart for my drink?

 



sucks for those people though.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:27:42 PM EDT
That sux
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:27:56 PM EDT
Damn...nice looking house..
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:29:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/13/2013 7:29:31 PM EDT by FreedomFighterKS]
That is tragic .

However, when they built the place. Where did they think the nice boulder in their lawn came from?  (Bottom right in the picture.)

Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:34:02 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By AmericanPeople:
Unfortunately, that type rock system sheds material.  Building a house within the fall zone was not wise.
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I'm surprised anyone took the job to build it. You'd think the contractor would know better.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:35:40 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Formergrunt94:
wow, can I chip some ice off your heart for my drink?  

sucks for those people though.
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Originally Posted By Formergrunt94:
Originally Posted By JellyBelly:
Someone played Rock, Paper, Structure and lost.
wow, can I chip some ice off your heart for my drink?  

sucks for those people though.

Looking at the hillside behind the house I'm thinking their insurance guy never actually saw the property.

OR their monthly premium was 6x their mortgage payment.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:39:19 PM EDT
Liberals that had lots of money and wanted to get back to nature.  I am not really surprised.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:39:50 PM EDT
And yet we all drive in traffic everyday, which is 100,000 times more dangerous. The reason it's in the news is because its rare.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:41:51 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:44:02 PM EDT
This news is just... crushing.

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Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:44:03 PM EDT
Don't worry dear, the chance of a rock slide actually happen.....        
 
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:47:05 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By cchurchi:
And yet we all drive in traffic everyday, which is 100,000 times more dangerous. The reason it's in the news is because its rare.
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Insurance costs a lot more where damage or theft is more likely.

I'm paying $180/mo for full coverage on a 2006 Accord in an urban area. I'm a 44 year old man with no points and no claims.

Worse, younger drivers with nicer cars living in farm country pay far less.

Even if no rocks ever fell I don't think any of us would say building a house at the bottom of that cliff is pretty risky.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:48:13 PM EDT
May they RIP.  they were spared the horrors we will face in these coming years.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:48:56 PM EDT
That makes the second time in the last ten years that I remember houses getting destroyed by rockslides in the Springdale area. Erosion is a bitch.

Beautiful place to live, but obviously quite dangerous.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:51:09 PM EDT

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Originally Posted By Dumpster_Baby:





Yeah, even as a dumb ass flat-lander I could see building among the rock pile at the bottom of a slope like that was a bad idea.  Too bad no one wised up.



 
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Originally Posted By AmericanPeople:

Unfortunately, that type rock system sheds material.  Building a house within the fall zone was not wise.


Yeah, even as a dumb ass flat-lander I could see building among the rock pile at the bottom of a slope like that was a bad idea.  Too bad no one wised up.



 


Looking at the couple, and knowing the demographics of the inhabitants of that area, they're not from southern Utah.  Most likely upper-middle-class retirees from East Coast or California who visited Zion, fell in love, and bought the cheapest parcel they could find for their Dream Home.



 
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:51:36 PM EDT
People build their houses in flood zones down here.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:56:34 PM EDT
It would seem twenty or thirty feet out would have made a significant difference. Poor people.
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Looking at the pics, it appears they wanted a decent set back from the main road (State Highway 9).  Lot was too small to accommodate it.



I'm pretty sure I've drove past that house several times in the past few years on my way to Zion NP.



 
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 8:13:46 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 8:18:01 PM EDT
lets build right next to the giant boulder that fell from up there......likely an anomaly......never happen again......
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