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One home destroyed and 33 other properties isolated or threatened
Landslide broke across 500 yards on cliff side and 600 yards to the water
Residents reported hearing a noise ‘like thunder’ at 4 a.m. Wednesday
Officials do not know what caused the slide as there has not been rain
Residents of a small island in Washington state are coming to grips with the early morning landslide that shocked their community and destroyed at least one home while endangering more than 30 others.
‘I heard something loud, looked out my window and noticed I didn’t have any trees in the front yard anymore,’ said Bret Holmes, whose home was on the edge of the cliff.
He told the News Times that he has been losing ground at his property all morning; there was previously more than 30 feet of land to the bluff’s edge but now there is just 15 feet.
He said the land started to give way after he heard what he described as ‘a sonic boom’.
One house has been destroyed and 33 others are isolated or threatened after a 500-foot-wide landslide wiped out the ground along the coast of an island off Washington state.
Residents in Coupeville on Whidbey Island reported hearing a noise that sounded like rumbling thunder just after 4 a.m. on Wednesday as the land began to give way.
Originally posted by IvanAstikov
This event could be foreseen in the murkiest of crystal balls. If you don't want your life affected by landslides, don't build your homes within half a mile of where they are likely to occur. It's not like erosion is a new phenomenon.