Yikes! That is not ore? That's a massive clean-up.
If that estimate proves to be valid it would be about 3 times the volume of the
1983 Thistle mudslide and a whole lot faster.A better comparison
would be the 1959 Hebgen Lake Earthquake. If you have ever stood on the debris
pile at the visitors center at Quake Lake on the Madison River and marveled at
the magnitude of that rock pile, this one is about 6 times that volume!Should make for an interesting field trip next year when they reopen the
The visitors center is gone!
DANG!!!It's too bad this slide didn't occur during
*daylight* hours, when they could have filmed it as it happened!!That would have been AMAZING to see, plus I'd think that would be
invaluable to scientists and engineers to watch, analyze and learn from.In-con-theiv-uble!!! 8^)
Half a *BILLION* tons of earth came down?!?!!!Un--REAL!!!!
It seems commendable the way Kennecott has handled the situation so far. I
would like to see something about how this might affect the Utah economy and the
fate of Kennecott workers.
@LDSareChristians,That's true. The visitors center was modular and it
and the gift shop were trucked off to a remote location back in February when
they first noted movement. Their April 1st press release said they were looking
forward to reopening in 2014. That may be a bit optimistic at this point.
Still small potatoes compared to the 1964 Anchorage / Seward landslides.
I sure wish we (readers) could expand the pictures in your photo gallery to
FULL-screen, rather than how you (DNews) have formatted it to only fill about
1/6 of the center of the screen! WHY do you guys do it that crazy way??
The gold bubble literally collapsed.
I will be interested in the investigation as to what caused the slide. When
miners used trains and tracks an open pit mine could not have the near vertical
walls used in today's open pit mining. My guess is that mining engineers
will learn from this event.
Could that slag pile have hit Copperton or some of the homes nearby if it had
come down on the eastern slope? The way it moved into the pit it appears it
could have traveled some distance. Maybe they dodged a bigger bullet. Glad no
one was injured!!!
@Phred,I referenced GoogleEarth re the visitors center. Apparently
no new imagery between February and now. ;-)The DNews photo's showed
earthen berms blocking roads and such, so I gathered they knew it was coming
some time. Smart they have a mobile visitor center.