Monday, July 16, 2012

British Columbia Landslides

This is video footage shot by a Global News team investigating the area in which a landslide occurred last week. While they are there, another landslide tumbles into the lake. The Global reporter, alerted by the noise, jumps into a boat and escapes seconds before debris spills over the spot where he was standing and empties into the lake. I'm pretty sure - and he's pretty sure - he narrowly avoided death. The debris would have buried him under tons of mud and trees and no doubt carried him into the water.




On Thursday of last week a previous landslide here claimed the lives of four people and three homes. There had been a rescue operation under way until one body was recovered over the weekend. A man and his two daughters are still missing and 'rescue' has become 'recovery'. The mother of this family was in Florida at the time of the landslide. Naturally she is devastated and questions why rescue efforts have not been taking place. They can't. The mountain isn't finished as you can see from the video above. While I'm sure she expects people to risk their lives to find her family whom she believes are still alive - she's distraught and not thinking clearly - the families of the rescue experts are grateful for the decision to use caution and wait.

It followed the path of a small creek turning it into a river of mud and debris

Johnson Landing was a quiet hamlet on Kooteney Lake. It does not exist now. Events like this, while tragic, remind me that humans are arrogant and complacent as apex predators tend to be. The earth (and sun) goes through its cycle of life, expansion, purging and death regardless of the expectations humans have placed upon the land. Landslides, forest fires, earthquakes and volcanoes will erupt and occur like they have for millenniums in spite of our attempts to harness the planet and make it ours. We live 70 or 80 years. You know what the earth thinks about that? Absolutely nothing.











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