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Wash. landslide shifted massive amount of earth

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 28, 2013 at 10:02 pm •  Published: March 28, 2013
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On Thursday, "road closed" signs were being posted to prevent access to some areas as geologists continued to examine the site. At the bottom of the slide, pieces of grass from yards and ornamental tress could still be seen.

"It's probably one of the largest ones we've seen in Washington state, much less along the coast," Clark said of the landslide. "We're used to little slides here and there, but this happens to be way beyond what our expectations were."

Pete Kenny was visiting to help move his grandmother to Illinois and said he heard the landslide as he watched power line transformers explode.

"The landslide started right at the property line and went south of us," he said.

Kenny said his grandmother's home and a neighbor to south have not been evacuated. That neighbor lost a portion of yard.

"It's a real sad situation. I just hope everything works out," he said.

Most of the homes are summer cabins or weekend getaways and were unoccupied. Some are larger, upscale properties and others are more modest dwellings.

Local restaurants were serving free meals to those who needed them, and bed-and-breakfast cottages have also offered free rooms for a couple of nights. Community members were offering to volunteer, Clark said.

The island is about 35 miles long, north to south, and just a mile or two wide in places.

Clark remained awestruck by the event.

"Amazingly enough, the house that was totally destroyed actually rode on top, all the way down," he said.