Nearly three dozen homes are now in danger of being no more as a creeping landslide of mud and debris makes its way across the edges of Washington's Whidbey Island. The landslide began early Wednesday morning and chunks of land have continued to slide from the edge ever since.
No one has been injured or killed since the first 1,000-foot chuck of coastline slid off the island's west side into Puget Sound. It instantly brought down one house, pushed another one 200 feet and endangered dozens more. It also destroyed nearly 400 feet of road leading to the shoreline.
A spokesman for the the University of Washington's Department of Earth and Space Sciences told the Seattle Times that it could be weeks before the ground stops moving. The U of W's Terry Swanson said the slide stems from a geological issue dating back 15,000 to 18,000 years, when the Vashon glacier started to retreat. Years of water accumulation eventually made the land softer, creating the landslides.
The island has a population of 60,000.
A relief center for displaced residents has been established at a nearby community center.