By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel Writer 

State issues preliminary report of Nov. 20 landslides


February 15, 2024

WRANGELL — State geologists were able to more accurately measure the movement and damage from massive landslides that poured across roads in the middle of the island in November because just a few months earlier the state and U.S. Forest Service had collected detailed images and data — literally laser-focused — of the terrain.

The Forest Service and the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys partnered in July to conduct an aerial survey of the entire island, using airborne lasers to map out ground cover, geology and slopes for future reference, said Mort Larsen, who leads the di...

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