Sunday, October 25, 2009

Washington landslide photos

Our colleagues at the Washington Geological Survey have been busy with the recent massive landslides up there. I had a chance to briefly catch up with Washington State Geologist Dave Norman last week at the GSA meeting in Portland. They are in similar shape to many of us in state geological surveys - budget cuts combined with greater demand for services. Thanks to Tucson geologist Sylvia Ross at RONO Environmental for forwarding this impressive collection of slides and videos of the Washington slides:

The DNR Flickr feed ( has more photos of the Nile Landslide west of Naches. They were taken by DNR geologists who are working with WSDOT to examine the massive slide that damaged several homes and closed Highway 410. Meanwhile, CNN ( is running online updates with new video, photos and a map. Closer to home there is video from King 5 News ( and from Yakima’s KAPP-35 ( and KNDO 23 (via MSNBC - The Olympian ( reprinted a Seattle Times article about the Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency for the area, while the Times ( ran a story by The Yakima Herald-Republic ( about the impact on homeowners. Stay up to date on what portions of Highway 410 are still open by checking the WSDOT website ( or signing up for the agency’s e-mail updates (

New photos show scale of Naches landslide (
Quick Report (

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