A debris-laden landslide has closed SR 706, the popular road from Ashford, Washington to Mt. Ranier National Park. The road was first closed on February 6 as portions of the highway were covered with debris up to 6 feet thick, even re-routing streams over portions of the highway. The road will remain closed indefinitely because geotechnical engineers are concerned about the stability of the saturated slopes above the highway and about what to do with the new waterways flowing over the highway. More info can be found on the WSDOT blog.
There is nothing funny about landslides, particularly when you consider the tremendous loss of life that happens all the time around the world, most recently in Taiwan, China, Sierra Leone and elsewhere. But the well known humor site, the Onion has taken a pretty good crack at this usually unfunny subject in their video “news” clip Reporter In Helicopter Pretty Sure Landslide Down There Somewhere. Its a very amusing video that’s really about journalists and their attempts to get the scoop about a story, not really about landslides at all. Click through for the embedded video. Happy weekend. […]