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Yakima, Washington, Officials Monitor Potential Landslide as Large Crack Forms in Hillside


Residents who live at the base of the ridge were told to evacuate, but they haven't left their homes. Officials in Yakima County, Washington, are watching a hillside very closely after a large crack formed recently and may lead to a landslide. Geologists ...


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twitterCreated with Sketch.emailCreated with Sketch.Next ArticleIt's So Cold, Sea Turtles Are Freezing in the WaterNewsYakima, Washington, Officials Monitor Potential Landslide as Large Crack Forms in HillsideBy Associated Press2 days agoweather.com00:42Evacuations Urged in Ground SlippageEvacuations are urged below a widening hillside fissure in Washington state.At a GlanceGeologists are monitoring shifts in a hillside for a possible landslide in Yakima, Washington.If it happens, the landslide could send 1 million cubic yards of debris down the hill.Residents who live at the base of the ridge were told to evacuate, but they haven't left their homes. Officials in Yakima County, Washington, are watching a hillside very closely after a large crack formed recently and may lead to a landslide. Geologists have been monitoring Rattlesnake Ridge in Yakima as the soil moves slowly, according to the Yakima HeraldThe movement has been charted at 1.4 feet per week since October, the report added. The Yakima County Office of Emergency Management issued a statement on Tuesday saying that since the slide is slow-moving and on a gentle slope it would be small in nature and hopefully stabilize itself. (MORE: Oregon Town Startled by False Tsunami Alert) About 35 residents living at the base of the ridge have not heeded warnings to evacuate. Despite officials' projections, a geologist estimates a landslide would send 1 million cubic yards of rock and soil down the hillIt likely would not reach Interstate 82 or the Yakima River; instead, it would likely be trapped in a quarry. Rattlesnake Ridge forms the eastern side of a gap in ridges separating the Upper and Lower Yakima ValleysRunning through the gap are Interstate 82 and Highway 97. 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