14 November 2012

A interesting rockslide in Moab, Utah

Posted by Dave Petley

Hat tip to Bill Scarber for bringing this one to my attention.  On 5th November a rockslide occurred about 15 km west of Moab in the Utah desert, damaging a railway line that is used to transport potash from a mine to market.  The rockslide destroyed about 100 m of the line and also punched a large crater into a local road, Route 279.  KSL has a rather nice video that shows images of the site, which may or may not embed below:

Alternatively, the images can be seen here.  These two images show the damage to the line and to the highway:

The railway line was reopened today.