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Earthquake Lake

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In mid-August we took a day trip to Earthquake Lake. The lake was formed 60 years ago when a 7.3 Richter scale earthquake caused an 80-million ton landslide that dammed the Madison River to form Earthquake Lake.

Submerged tress still remain

 

A visitor center was built on the landslide debris

 

View of the landslide scar from the visitor center

 

The visitor center offered an interesting perspective on the 60-year-old event. On one hand it presented a comprehensive overview of the landslide that killed 28 people, but the center also sold trinkets like earthquake T-shirts and coffee cups. A bit cringey. So I had Jan buy a T-shirt for me.

Seriously?

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  1. Mary Hughes #

    I’m curious about what caused the slide.. like what material was in that slide and what was the structure of the mountain/hill that collapsed.. slid..?? So many questions.. I’ll have to Google it. Mary

    On Wed, Aug 28, 2019 at 10:38 PM rvSeniorMoments wrote:

    > Tom (rvSeniorMoments) posted: ” In mid-August we took a day trip to > Earthquake Lake. The lake was formed 60 years ago when a 7.3 Richter scale > earthquake caused an 80-million ton landslide that dammed the Madison River > to form Earthquake Lake. &nbs” >

    August 29, 2019

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