Warm weather triggers a landslide in Alaska • Earth.com

Last update: July 7th, 2020 at 8:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows the aftermath of a landslide on Yudi Peak, a mountain near Anchorage, Alaska.

The month of May brought a blast of early summer temperatures to the region.

According to University of Sheffield landslide watcher Dave Petley, a type of landslide that occurs along multiple planes, known as a “wedge failure,” sent rocky debris sliding down the mountain at some point in early May. 

The image was captured on May 13, 2020 by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA

 

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