Melting glacier sparks massive mudslide in Mount Shasta

Melting glacier sparks massive mudslide in Mount Shasta

The biggest mudslide on Mt. Shasta, Northern California, in 2 decades might be related to the prolonged drought of California, as per experts. The mudslide started on Saturday after a glacier keeping water pockets either melted or shifted, releasing water down south-east side of Mt. Shasta, told Andrea Capps, a spokesperson for the Shasta Trinity National Forest.
A leading website has stated that Andrea told that as of now no damage or injuries to structure were reported. He added that it has been an unusually warm September in Northern California. Therefore, their running theory is that the glacier got too weak and released water behind it. This is not very uncommon, but it is the biggest mudslide they have seen in the past twenty years.
The 3 year long drought has now left the mountain's glaciers that are normally protected by snow, exposed to the heat of the sun. National Weather Service in Medfords meteorologist Brian Nieuwenhuis told that the drought and the warm temperatures probably contributed to the event.
The water sent debris and mud cascading down a few miles and throughout 2 roads. The roads would have to be shot down for many days for the cleanup. The region might see a thunderstorm on Tuesday and Wednesday that might bring snow between 10000 - 12000 feet or rain that that could send more rock, debris and silt down the mountain.