Yes - the water is enough, and is the main reason these things slide. Another factor is recent modifications to the landscape. (Well, “recent” in geologic terms.) Like the road. I don’t know, but it may have been cut into the hillside years ago and weakening it. Logging can also be a factor - but it looks like that hill was full of trees - now mixed in with the debris.
They said on the news at 10:30pm that they are still searching as they hear voices in the debris - perhaps children. So sad. Prayers of guidance and strength.
Local news is reporting that the debris is at least 130 feet wide but 180 feet deep!
Thanks - I completely missed the link to other photos.
I think I figured out how that big swath of green trees got there with almost no debris on top of it.
Those are the trees from the very top of the slide.
They came forward when the hill split in two, and then just dropped straight down when the soil underneath them kept moving forward.