The Lituya Bay Tsunami hit the Gulf of Alaska more than 60 years ago. On July 9, 1958, an earthquake estimated at magnitude 7.7-8.3 triggered a massive landslide or rockslide here, estimated at 40 million cubic yards. The shape of the bay is long and narrow with glaciers entering it in two locations on the landward side, like the top of the letter T. The rockfall hit one of the glaciers and caused a Tsunami that ranup 1,720 feet on the nearest shore, with a wave height in the bay estimated at 50 to 75 feet high! Read more about the event from one of my favorite geo bloggers, David Bressan on Forbes.com.
Geotechnical Engineering Challenges of British Columbia’s Sea-to-Sky Highway, gateway to the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been enjoying watching the 2010 Olympic Winter games over the past few days. If you have, you know that Whistler is the venue for many of the sports including alpine skiing, luge, skeleton, bobsled, ski jumping, biathlon and cross-country skiing among others. The Whistler area is located about 50-miles or so North of Vancouver. In order to get to Whistler, you need to drive along Highway 99, better known as the Sea-to-Sky Highway. This highway has a long history of geotechnical problems, including some significant structurally controlled rockslides and landslides. In the years leading up to these Olympic Games a fair amount of work was done on the highway with some significant geotechnical innovations.