A week ago, a landslide moved 5.3 million square feet of earth outside of Coupeville on Whidbey Island.
Little has changed in seven days, for homeowners or in the landscape. It will be months before some people have full access to their homes.
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said geologists mapped this area in 2005, marking it as a historically deep-seated landslide. But the landslide might have actually started moving in 2002 or even earlier.
At least five homes are said to be in immediate danger. One home was knocked off its foundation, and 17 homes are difficult to reach because of a wiped out road.
In last Wednesday's slide, a two-lane road in the neighborhood was wiped out and pushed 300 feet down the slope. A new road must be built to get some people access to their homes. That could take weeks or months.
During the 1996/1997 storms, a home was destroyed just north of the current Whidbey landslide, the DNR also said. According to the DNR, our climate, topography, and geology create a perfect setting for landslides.