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Jackson Hole, Wyo., landslide cracks home in two

Landslide sped up from one inch per day to one foot per day in Jackson, Wyo.
By Danielle Haynes   |   April 19, 2014 at 4:57 PM   |   Comments

JACKSON, Wyo., April 19 (UPI) -- A slow-moving landslide in Jackson, Wyo., sped up Friday, causing a house to split in two, and damage to a road and a drug store parking lot.

The 100-foot-high hillside began sliding April 4, and 42 homes and apartment units were evacuated April 9. At that point the slide was moving about one inch per day.

Officials said the landslide, which is located in the Jackson Hole valley, isn't likely to liquefy and become suddenly destructive like the mudslide that killed 39 people in Oso, Wash., on March 22.

"Is it weeks, is it longer? I really don't know," said George Machan, a landslide specialist working with the town. "I think it's really unpredictable how long it might take. I don't expect it to end in a day."

The speed of the landslide increased to about one foot per day on Friday.

Live webcam footage of the slow-moving landslide has been posted online.

[Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune]

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