Yep, that's right and straight up embarrassing. Just two hours ago, the local news reported that someone drove up the ridge and stole $18,000 seisometer...SHAME. In all reality, What the Heck could you do with that equipment? It's some sick joke And WE ARE ALL PAYING FOR THAT EQUIPMENT!
DNR and YVEMT have equipment in place to monitor the ongoing movement of this 4million tons of land that is moving 1.6"ft per week. That's about 20 acres of rock and soil, which is why there's equipment monitoring this site. It collects data and serves to notify emergency agencies of increasing movement. The landslide impacts all of the city of Yakima, Union Gap, the commuters & commerce traveling on I-82, and the Valley. For this reason, the equipment is placed up for very a specific purpose and should not be manipulated or removed.
We are told only one was stolen and many more are in place, which is great...but what is wrong with those "idgits", not only going up there but then, stealing?! This is very frustrating and embarrassing that there's people Dumb enough to take equipment that no normal person would need or know how to use! Ggrrr...
Yakima County Sheriff department implores if you notice ANYONE up there to give them a call and I agree!
And you betch'ya, this time I will be calling the Sheriff's department!
Let's stop this from happening and report trespassers!