The Yakima Herald posted this video, shot by Steven Mack, of a growing fissue on Rattlesnake Ridge near Yakima, Wa.
I-82, seen in the footage, is only threatened in "less likely scenarios." The county has pre-emptively declared an official disaster.
The city of Union Gap also declared a disaster, allowing officials to request the help they'll need when the hillside comes down.
The big question remains "When will the slide happen?" State geologists now say they don't expect a landslide event until sometime between late January and early March.
"The honest answer is no one knows for certain. There are a number of possibilities. The most likely scenario is that the landslide will continue to slowly move to the south, where the landslide mass will fall into the quarry pit and accumulate. Monitoring data suggests most of the mass will remain in the pit and on the hillside," the Washington state Department of Natural Resources said on its website.
I've roughly marked the hill that's coming down on this google maps image. Most of it will just fill the quarry you see to the bottom right, apparently.
At least 20 people were killed over the weekend after landslides and flooding in California.
Twitter today pulled down a disinfo bot network that was amplifying pro-Saudi talking points about disappeared journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who is presumed to have been tortured and killed on orders of the government of Saudi Arabia.
Facebook is working very hard right now to prove it can be trusted to protect users from malicious fake news, political disinformation, and cyberattacks intended to throw the 2018 midterms. What Facebook is not doing: providing details.
The highly secretive Silicon Valley-based data company Palantir is reported to be considering an initial public offering.
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