Western Slope Mudslide Registers 2.8 On Richter Scale
COLLBRAN, Colo. (CBS4) – The massive mudslide on the Western Slope has registered a 2.8 on the Richter Scale.
The USGS in Golden released the seismic data on Wednesday.
The three men were checking on problems with an irrigation ditch caused by an initial slide Sunday when a large chunk of a ridge broke off, sending soggy earth spilling like wet cement for 3 miles. The slide is about three-quarters of a mile across and several hundred feet deep at the center.
The men were Clancy Nichols, 51, who also worked as a county road and bridge employee; his son Danny Nichols, 24; and Wes Hawkins, 46, who worked for the local water district.
A depression created by the slide has been filling up with spring runoff since Sunday’s big slide, and it is unclear whether it will be able to contain all of it.