Landslide narrowly misses COASST beach on Whidbey Island

Last Wednesday a large landslide took place on the western side of Whidbey Island (Washington State) near the Ledgewood community. Twenty properties were damaged during the event, but luckily no one was harmed. Smaller slides have happened in the area, but this one dropped enough earth to fill dozens of football stadiums, and even raised the beach about 9 meters (30 feet) above the earlier shoreline. The front of the slide is more than 304 meters (1,000 feet) long and extends some 91 meters (300 feet) into Puget Sound. Private beach surrounds the slide area. The COASST site, “Ledgewood Beach North” (in white) is just a few blocks away (slide shown in red):

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