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reply to post by pryingopen3rdeye
looking at satellite photos of the area before the landslide occurred you can clearly see that exact spot has far less vegetation then the surrounding areas. which of course increases landslide risk significantly, im wondering why it has less vegetation, is it just naturally bare there? or was it perhaps all chopped down to be sold for timber?
We have a Bingo. The number one reason for these slides occurring in forested areas nowadays.
This activity also destroys river habitats down stream because even if there is no slide, the runoff from rains is not captured by the roots of trees and rivulets of mud run downslope into streams and rivers, choking them with silt and deoxygenating the water. Then you got problems with algae and fish dying, etc.
Logging (looks like clear cutting in this case) is the worst but most cost effective way to "harvest" a section of forest.
The depth if the cut in the mountainside is far to large and deep to be the result of lack of vegetation. This looks like deep saturation of unstable material not really first layer topsoil rolling off. This is more like a large chunk of a glacier falling off when conditions are right.
Deadly mudslide in Washington Rescue workers remove a body from the wreckage of homes destroyed by a mudslide near Oso, Wash, Monday, March 24, 2014. The search for survivors of Saturday's deadly mudslide grew Monday to include scores of people who were still unaccounted for as the death toll from the wall of trees, rocks and debris that swept through the rural community rose to at least 14. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo)
reply to post by TrueAmerican
SCGrits 5. USGS EQ map indicating that the community sat squarely on a known small fault line called the Devil's Mt Fault. NO, repeat NO, EQ of any size have been indicated for the area in the last 30 days per USGS. -