New Earth Fissures Plaguing Pinal County and Maricopa County, Arizona

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Teri Ellis at Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC

Those of us living in the Phoenix Valley, are well aware of the fissures running throughout various parts of our valley. The Arizona Geological Society has just completed updated maps from April showing new fissures in Queen Creek in Maricopa and Pinal County. I've included a link "here" for access to the new map. Queen Creek is located in the southeast valley and straddles both county lines.

For an indepth story on these newly discovered fissures, I've provided a link to the story provided by thefissure in Queen Creek East Valley Tribune just today.  An excerpt taken out of the Tribune is quoted below to explain to buyers, sellers, Realtors, just "what" a fissure is.

"Fissures are cracks in the earth caused by groundwater pumping. Geological survey officials call them "serious geological hazards" and say they are found in the valleys of central and south-central Arizona. Pinal County is home to three-quarters of the state's known earth fissures."

Home buyers need to be especially cautious when purchasing in this area. I've included a link to the Arizona Geological Society Fissure site "here" for Mesa, Chandler Heights, and Scottsdale, etc.  Be sure to check it out.

 

 

Pepper

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Gary Woltal
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We here in Texas Teri have problems with ground shifting and cracking our foundations but this sounds very serious in the Phoenix area as well. A fissure sounds a lot bigger than ground shifting. Caution to all buyers in this area.

Aug 23, 2008 06:05 PM #1
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Teri Ellis at Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ

Gary, you're so right. I just saw this today, and wanted to get the information out there for buyers to proceed with caution. ;-)

Pepper

Aug 23, 2008 06:07 PM #2
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Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
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Teri

The geography of your state so interesting, diverse, and fascinating.

Sincerely

Tom Braatz

Aug 23, 2008 06:58 PM #3
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Well Tom, you need to come for a visit. We live in a beautiful state. ;-)

Pepper

Aug 24, 2008 12:11 AM #4
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
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That's a great graphic, Teri. You DO find the best illustrations! I don't know if we deal with fissues in the Sierra as I hear more about homes built on top of abandoned mines and people suddenly falling through a giant hole to the center of the earth.

elizabeth weintraub land park real estate agent in sacramento

Aug 24, 2008 10:52 AM #5
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Elizabeth, isn't it fun? I love it!!! This fissure situation has really come to the forefront since 2004 when building was so crazy in Queen Creek.....now they've updated the report they came out with in April of this year.....;-)

Pepper

Aug 24, 2008 12:03 PM #6
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Bill Gassett
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Hi Teri - Thankfully this is one thing we don't have to be worried about out here in MASS :) I can see why you would want to know this when planning on where to buy out in Arizona...good info :)

Aug 24, 2008 05:44 PM #7
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Bill, yes, and especially since this has been updated from April of this year. ;-)

Pepper

Aug 24, 2008 05:47 PM #8
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Debbie Summers
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Teri... I had no idea that you had Fissures, thanks for the link to the article.  In Central Florida we have sink holes that are very random...

Aug 24, 2008 08:49 PM #9
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Debbie, Arizona has lots of good stuff...last year a horse disappeared or fell into one of the fissures that just opened up.....we have sink holes here too! ;-)

How's the rain in your area? Florida seems to be getting its fair share of water. ;-)

Pepper

Aug 24, 2008 11:32 PM #10
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