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Wash. landslide shifted massive amount of earth

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COUPEVILLE, Wash. (AP) -

Officials say 20 properties on a scenic Washington state island hillside were damaged by Wednesday's massive landslide that displaced 200,000 cubic yards of earth. That's about 40,000 dump truck loads.

County spokesman Christopher Schwarzen said Thursday that not all the affected properties suffered structural damage -- some lost portions of their yards.

Thirty-five homes were initially evacuated after Wednesday's slide on Whidbey Island, 50 miles north of Seattle. One home was destroyed and four homes remain under evacuation orders. No one was injured.

Geologists from the state Department of Natural Resources say the slide area is part of a much larger landslide complex that may date back as far as 11,000 years.

They say the landslide into Puget Sound lifted the beach as much as 30 feet above the previous shoreline.

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