Rattlesnake Ridge

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There is a very slow landslide in Eastern Washington which has been going on since last October - here is a video from a few days ago:

More information from the Yakima Herald:

Majority hold off on call to evacuate near Rattlesnake Ridge
Yakima County officials said Tuesday they can’t definitively predict the scope of an expected landslide on Rattlesnake Ridge, where massive cracks have opened several hundred feet above Thorp Road.

However, officials said a landslide could be limited in scale. Geologists have been monitoring the slow-motion movement of soil in the area since October.

“The geologic experts that have been monitoring this slide believe that since the slide is slow moving and on a gentle slope that the landslide event will be small in nature and hopefully stabilize itself,” the Yakima County Office of Emergency Management said in a statement issued Tuesday.

Meanwhile, about 35 of the roughly 50 residents living in a collection of trailers and modest buildings at the base of the ridge have not heeded warnings last week to evacuate.

Under state law residents can’t be forced to leave, but the county’s emergency management office is collecting their information to provide to first-responders should anything happen, said that agency’s senior planner Horace Ward.

Hell - if that was me living there, I would have left months ago. Experts are thinking that this will be a small event but the experts failed to see the Oso slide until it was too late and 43 people lost their lives.

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