The dirt is moving on top of Rattlesnake Ridge Today just like it is everyday at a rate of 1.6 feet per week. But experts like Department of Transportation Geologist James Struthers says while the crack is growing the dirt isn't moving any faster this month than it was last month. That doesn't mean he's not keeping a close eye on the land that will eventually turn into a big landslide. "I look at the data several times a day and I know I'm not the only one that does that."
At the beginning of the discovery of the large crack on top of the ridge more than 50 different state and federal agencies were involved in monitoring and studying the ridge. Those studies and one by a third party geologist found that it could be literally years before the land slides off the top of the ridge. People who live nearby have been allowed to return to their homes as the monitoring continues Today.