I’m No Expert … But I’ve Got Eyes And Can Clearly See The Slide Is Headed For I-82
Note: This is a straight-up opinion piece. I am in no way an expert on the subject.
A Facebook post by the Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management notes that the most likely scenario with the Rattlesnake Ridge landslide is that the majority of the slide will end up in the quarry (see Facebook post below). They have also mentioned that they aren't too concerned about this slide hitting Interstate 82 or the Yakima River. BUT, they do have an emergency plan in case.
Like I said, I'm no expert, but I've driven past that area numerous times over the last two weeks. I-82 is right there at the base ... and they don't expect it to hit I-82? So basically they are saying that the ENTIRE slide is headed for the quarry. Here's the thing ... I've got two eyes and can clearly see the slide is not headed 100 percent into the quarry.
Check out this time-lapse image from the Yakima Herald-Republic. That is not a slide that is headed 100% into the quarry. With I-82 so close to the base of all this, in my non-professional opinion, I-82 will be affected. Here's a Seattle Times article of a Geologist warning that the landslide could be worse than what local officials are expecting.
Let's just hope local officials are right and their most likely scenario is what happens and that there is minimal damage and injuries.
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