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Jackson Hole Landslide Video 5/23/2011

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This landslide has been mentioned briefly in a thread in Trip Reports, but I was just sent a link to a time-lapse video made of the slide itself.  The landslide is taking place in the Snake River Canyon, about 30 miles south of town.  It has covered Highway 89, which is the main route to Jackson from the south for tourists and commuters.  The highway has been closed since May 15 and people wanting to use that route are having to do an approximately 1-hour detour to go up and over Teton Pass to get to Jackson.

 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation is working around the clock to try to remove the debris and stabilize the slope.  The slide material is actually dropping down into the Snake River and creating a huge new wave on the river.  Our biggest summer whitewater season (and tourist season) is supposed to start in a few days, so they're trying to reopen the highway asap.

 

Check this out...

 

 

Here's an aerial photo that was published in our weekly paper last Wednesday:

 

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Nature is pretty amazing.

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The time lapse video is amazing, it shows the immense power of the slide but it looks quite graceful as well. Unstoppable. Not sure about clamouring around on top of it though.

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That's incredible!   These huge snow years can be a problem!   They evacuated Aspen in the spring of 84 because they thought Ajax was going to slide right into town.

My condo on the hill still creeps about 1/4"/year.  This probably wasn't the year to float the floor!

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Very interesting.  Did it come down like the slide did that formed Slide Lake?  Provides a bit of historical context, I presume.

 

Mike

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My understanding is that this one came down fairly slowly.  It didn't close the road right away.  I hasn't stopped though and you can see how big it is now.  I'm hearing that they can't even begin to remove it until it stops and becomes stable.  The last slide to close the canyon didn't seem nearly as big, but it flowed much faster.  I believe that the Slide Lake event was very fast, more like an avalanche.  That hill side is much steeper than this one.  
 

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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

Very interesting.  Did it come down like the slide did that formed Slide Lake?  Provides a bit of historical context, I presume.

 

Mike



 

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That video and those and other pictures have been going around for a while.  I got it on Facebook last week.  One of the funnier comment had to do with that being the fastest moving WDOT employee anyone had ever seen.

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It's pretty serious.  I know people displaced by this.  One of the houses up there has been torn in half.  Someone better at it than me can find the images and upload them here.  It's pretty scary!

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The article has pictures.
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There are even crazier pics going around now.

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