9 May 2022
The Lowell Point landslide in Alaska
On Saturday 7 May 2022 a substantial landslide occurred near to Lowell Point, in the Seward area of Alaska in the USA. The landslide has blocked the only road into the community.
Must Read Alaska has a great aerial image of the landslide, taken by Chip Arnold:-
The landslide, which is located at about 60.093, -149.445, is estimated to be about 60 metres high and 90 m wide. As of Sunday, the landslide was still considered to be potentially unstable, impeding clearance operations.
There are at least three good videos of the landslide, one from each side. The start of this video shows the landslide from one side – note the attempts to clear the road before the main failure:-
Whilst the other has a slightly better perspective from the other side:-
The image below was taken by local landslide-watcher Harold Faust:-
Note the landslide scar to the left of Sunday’s failure. This event reportedly occurred a few years ago.
Thanks to loyal reader Hig, who highlighted the event to me and identified the correct location. He also passed on the image from Harold Faust.