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Monday, 08 October 2018 01:00

Landslide in Canada has not stopped moving since August

Landslide has not stopped moving since August in Canada Landslide has not stopped moving since August in Canada.

A landslide, occurred in northeastern British Columbia on August 2018, still continues to move.

The slide has affected the small town of Old Fort but crews cannot operate until the phenomenon is stabilized. Experts cannot yet determine when this is going to happen. Scott Maxwell, Executive Director at British Columbia Ministry of Transportation states: "That's our million dollar question. Once it stops moving, that's going to be our trigger to get in there."

A new movement was recorded on Saturday, 29 of September, causing the precautionary evacuation of about 50 houses. The only road that provides access to the town was also damaged. Mr. Maxerll reported that "The toe of the slope is pushing through the road right now and that's what we're waiting to settle down."

The mechanism of the failure is complex and the triggering factor has not been identified yet. "With failures like this, they are incredibly, incredibly complex and I don't think we'll ever be able to pinpoint one thing," Maxwell said.

Drones are being used to monitor and evaluate the progress of the landslide by B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.


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