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ALERT!!!! Abrupt Lurch in Wyoming Landslide Splits House in Two!!! - 2014

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A sudden lurch in a creeping landslide in the northwest Wyoming resort town of Jackson split a house in two and forced workers to abandon just-begun efforts to stabilize the hillside. A huge crack in the ground that had opened up under the house a couple weeks ago shifted several feet downhill in less than a day, breaking off a room or two and leaving a door swinging above the precipice. Rocks and dirt tumbled down in an almost constant stream and a geologist warned much bigger chunks could fall. The ground had been moving at a rate of an inch a day. Abrupt Lurch in Wyoming Landslide Splits House in Two "As it starts to get moving, it will start to get faster," George Machan, a landslide specialist consulting for the town, said at a town meeting Friday. Abrupt Lurch in Wyoming Landslide Splits House in Two Still, Machan said the ground was unlikely to liquefy and collapse suddenly like the March 22 landslide in Oso, Wash., that killed 39 people. Abrupt Lurch in Wyoming Landslide Splits House in Two More likely, large blocks of earth would tumble down piece by piece, he said, perpetuating the drawn-out threat to four homes on the hill and to two apartment buildings and four businesses below. Town officials first noticed significant hill movement April 4. They evacuated 42 homes and apartment units April 9. Abrupt Lurch in Wyoming Landslide Splits House in Two Between Thursday night and Friday morning, the shifting earth had bulged a road and a parking lot at the foot of the hill by as much as 10 feet. The groundswell pushed a small town water pump building 15 feet toward West Broadway, the town's main drag. Abrupt Lurch in Wyoming Landslide Splits House in Two Efforts to slow the slide — such as pouring rock and dirt fill behind large, L-shaped concrete barriers arranged in a line at the base of the slide — were on hold to keep workers out of the danger zone "It's really not safe to put people out there. You try to do what you can, but at some point you're really restricted from entering the area," Machan said. Abrupt Lurch in Wyoming Landslide Splits House in Two On a town webcam, pedestrians could be seen pausing in the rain now and then to gawk at the slide zone that's as big as three or four football fields. Cars and trucks on West Broadway also slowed occasionally, the cause of at least one fender-bender Friday and a police warning for lollygaggers. Abrupt Lurch in Wyoming Landslide Splits House in Two "Everybody's looking over there instead of looking where they're driving," Lt. Cole Nethercott said. On Monday, town officials lifted the evacuation for residents of about 30 homes outside the high-risk zone but said they couldn't drive on the neighborhood street. They've had to walk to and from home by cutting across private property. Abrupt Lurch in Wyoming Landslide Splits House in Two On Friday, not even work crews could drive on Budge Drive, which was buckled several feet. Town officials said they didn't know what was causing the slide but noted the area has seen considerable road-grading over the past few decades. The latest work was last year's construction of the Walgreens drug store, which opened in January.ALERT!!!! Abrupt Lurch in Wyoming Landslide Splits House in Two!!! ALERT!!!! Abrupt Lurch in Wyoming Landslide Splits House in Two!!! ALERT!!!! Abrupt Lurch in Wyoming Landslide Splits House in Two!!! A rapid and sudden shift in a slow-moving landslide in Jackson, Wyo., has residents rattled and experts looking for answers. The down-falling movement Friday created a fracture several feet deep in the ground beneath a house in the northwest Wyoming town in, causing it to split in two. Jackson Hole landslide slowly swallows Wyoming town Christian Science Monitor - ‎25 minutes ago‎ A slow-motion disaster continued unfolding in the Wyoming resort town of Jackson on Saturday, as a creeping landslide that split a hillside home threatened to swallow up more houses and businesses. Skip to next paragraph. Related ...