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Brent Ward, who like Clague teaches earth sciences at Simon Fraser, said the Meager Creek area is prone to landslides because of its makeup.

Premier Gordon Campbell, who was at a premiers meeting in Winnipeg, was relieved no one was hurt.

"It looks like there's been no personal injury or loss of life, which of course is the first thing that you're always concerned about," Campbell said Air Max 95 White Black Grey

The campers who were airlifted out were taken to Pemberton, where many of them live.

of the debris, dropped.

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LeMay said the five people are area miners and chose not to be evacuated because they don't believe they're in harm's way. They made their way to high ground after the slide.

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Friday's slide caused an earthen dam approximately 300 metres wide and two kilometres in length. It covered almost the entire span of the valley.

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"It's an area that has young, weak volcanic rocks and it's prone to failure," he said.

"Eight were taken out, and five have chosen to stay behind," he said in an interview.

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RCMP spokesman Sgt. Shawn LeMay said 13 campers were in the area when the slide occurred and couldn't get out because of the debris, prompting the air rescue.

He said police intend to keep in contact with the individuals to try to ensure their safety.

The area has seen several large slides in recent decades, including one in 1998 when 1.2 million cubic metres of material came down from Mount Meager, according to a report on the provincial government website.

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A massive landslide comprised of rock and snow barrelled down a mountainside near a campground in southern British Columbia on Friday, trapping more than a dozen campers on one side of the debris and prompting an evacuation by helicopter. near Meager Creek Hot Spring, northwest of Pemberton. Pemberton is located more than 250 kilometres north of Vancouver.

"I think we're all concerned about what the impact may be on Pemberton and that area, so we have emergency personnel up there now and the RCMP up there now. We'll try to do everything we can to try to make sure that there's no further damage."

The unstable water conditions led the Lil'Wat First Nation to issue an evacuation alert for some of its residents. LeMay said neighbouring communities, such as Pemberton, were considering similar evacuation scenarios.

No one was killed or injured in that slide, but the debris dammed a creek and formed an 800 metre wide lake.

LeMay said debris from the slide also blocked Meager Creek, forcing its water levels to rise while water in the Lillooet River, on the other side Air Max Custom

"We can't force someone," he said. "We do the best we can and Nike Air Max 95 Flyknit

advise them that for their safety they should be out of there."

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"What happens when you get a stretch of warm weather Air Max Moon like this is . you get a lot of melted snow and ice," he said in an interview. "There's a glacier at the head of this base and there's also snow that's melting and adding water into the unstable materials."

LeMay said Mounties would have much preferred everyone leave the scene, but their hands were tied.

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John Clague, an earth sciences professor at Simon Fraser University who's done extensive work at Meager Creek in the past, said the slide was likely triggered by warm weather.

Officials from the provincial Environment and Forests ministries assessed the slide Friday to try and determine whether road closures or further public safety warnings were needed.

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