Landslide hits Washington state’s Whidbey Island, destroys one home

 Thursday, March 28, 2013


A landslide thundered through a subdivision in Washington state’s Whidbey Island north of Seattle on Wednesday, destroying one home and threatening more than 30 others, a fire official said. "It looks like a giant shovel pulled the hill down to the water," said Central Whidbey Fire Chief Ed Hartin. "We heard a lot of rumbling and snapping of trees." The landslide hit the Ledgewood Beach community about 50 miles north of Seattle at 4:15 a.m. local time, knocking one house off its foundation and destroying a road, Hartin said.