26 October 2013

Landslide Covers Road in Denali National Park

The Associated Press reports:
A massive landslide in Denali National Park in Alaska rained tons of rock and soil on parts of a road that attracts scores of tourists each summer, park officials said Friday.
This Oct, 24, 2013 photo, released by the National Park Service shows a large landslide in Denali National Park that has covered parts of a road already inaccessible near Sable Pass, Alaska. The massive landslide rained tons of rock and soil on parts of a road that attracts tourists each summer. Crews began clearing the 200-foot stretch of Denali Park Road Friday, but park officials say it's not immediately clear if road damage or instability of the terrain will affect visitors next summer. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE — AP

Crews began clearing the 200-foot stretch of Denali Park Road on Friday. It was not immediately clear if road damage or instability of the terrain would affect visitors next summer, park officials said. If it turns out that there is road damage, repairs would have to be made.

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15 comments:

Sandy said...

Rev. Paul,

Holly cow!!!! Was anyone hurt?

Rev. Paul said...

Not as far as they know, but it doesn't rule out the possibility.

Murphy's Law said...

Someone needs to hand LE Ranger Liz a shovel. :-)

Rev. Paul said...

LOL!

Old NFO said...

Been on that road, that would NOT be good if you're on the other side... Just sayin...

Rev. Paul said...

Concur!

threecollie said...

Yow!

Rev. Paul said...

Exactly!

Ajdshootist said...

Even made the papers over here in the UK, thats going to take a while to clear.

Rev. Paul said...

Agreed, sir. The upper slope is quite unstable, and will continue to slide as they try to remove debris. Quite unsafe, actually.

Cathy said...

My husband and I are having an argument. I just swung the computer around to show him your moose picture. He says the moose sheds that every year and grows a new one. NO WAY - I say.
We're headed or Google :)

Cathy said...

Dang. I hate it when he's right.
BUT - young males hang onto their antlers through the first winter! Ha!

Rev. Paul said...

So, Cathy, you're both right. But they do shed 'em annually after that.

Chickenmom said...

Interesting article - good thing the slide didn't happen in the summer! Is there 'special' training for the bus drivers up there because of the terrain?

Rev. Paul said...

No, Chickenmom; the roads aren't particularly challenging during tourist season. They are trained for dealing with wildlife (moose, wolves, grizzly bears, caribou, etc), though.