Slow-Motion Disaster: Wyoming landslide rips apart house

April 21, 2014 WYOMING A creeping landslide threatening homes and businesses since early April in Jackson, Wyo., suddenly lurched Friday, tearing apart a house. While landslides are common along the steep slopes fronting the nearby Teton Range, the crumbling hillside is a rare occurrence in the mountain resort town, according to news reports. Officials first noticed the slumping hillside at East Gros Ventre Butte on April 4, and evacuated 42 homes and apartments on April 9, the Jackson Hole News & Guide reported. The landslide was initially moving a few inches each day, but between Thursday, April 17, and Friday, April 18, the earth rapidly advanced by up to 10 feet (3 meters) in some spots, according to a city press release. The hillside has slid a total of 15 feet (4.5 m) in some spots, despite concrete buttresses meant to slow its movement. The sudden lurch Friday ripped apart a house at the head of the slide when the earth beneath it dropped. The speed-up also destroyed the road leading to a neighborhood built on the butte, cutting off the only public access, and ruptured a sewer line, the News & Guide reported. The mass earth movement also threatens a main road through town, West Broadway, and a water main — both at the toe of the landslide. The city has set up a live webcam to monitor the slow-motion disaster. –Yahoo News
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3 Responses to Slow-Motion Disaster: Wyoming landslide rips apart house

  1. Irene C says:

    This is heartbreaking but these people should be thankful that it didn’t give way like the one in Washington did. At least they were able to get the people out.


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  3. News says:

    I know people like to live in beautiful mountain towns like Jackson, but keep in mind these places are very prone to the kinds of disasters.


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