Sep 22, 2014 1:52 PM by News Staff
California's prolonged drought is believed to have caused a massive mudslide on Mt. Shasta over the weekend after meltwater from a glacier sent torrents of debris and mud down the mountain, officials said.
Experts believe glacial melting, accelerated by the drought, may have released "pockets of water" that destabilized massive ice blocks and causing the debris flow Saturday afternoon in Shasta-Trinity National Forest, officials said.
No injuries were reported, and there was no immediate estimate for how much material was caught up in the debris flow, which occurred in Mud Creek Canyon on the southeast side of the mountain, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
A spokeswoman for Shasta-Trinity National Forest says the mudslide was the largest one on Mt. Shasta in 20 years. The mud flow down the southeastern side of Mt. Shasta crossed Pilgrim Creek Road and Forest Service Road 31, which will have to be closed for several days for cleanup.
Visitors to Mt. Shasta should be aware that similar conditions could occur in other drainages on Mt. Shasta and that additional mudslides are possible. There is also a possibility of precipitation in the area today, which could increase the flow of this mudslide.
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