Regional monitoring system needed for landslides


November 29, 2023

Southeast Alaska is known for rain, windstorms, mountainsides that loom above residential areas — and landslides that occur with increasing frequency.

Sitka knows the risk, and the pain, losing three people in a 2015 landslide.

Haines lost two people in a 2020 slide.

And now Wrangell is added to the list.

That list doesn’t include the multiple landslides over the years that caused damage and fear, but thankfully no deaths.

After the 2015 slide, the Sitka Sound Science Center took the lead and worked with the community — and federal money — to set up a landslide warning system. “We...

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